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Fugard's original story was written during apartheid, our soberest reflection may be to ask to how much the situation of the poor in South Africa has changed.
Lammeter, "the soberest and best man in that country-side" (144), could have assumed the mothering responsibilities, and thus be now among the best women, too.
The soberest complaint is that the dream is a "false feigned grace"--the illusion of a pleasure that is not in fact taking place--but that reproach is knit with anger at the "sudden loss" of this unreal joy.
Die Welt, one of Germany's soberest papers, initiated her centenary year in January by offering a sympathetic forum for the all-too-familiar claims and complaints that inspired Die Zeit's "broken record" headline months later.