On his fifth day of freedom, NELSON MANDELA invited a TIME correspondent into his home for a chat about prison, freedom and the outlook for his country

Q. What surprises you most about the changes you have seen?

A. The appearance of the place has changed very much, although poverty still stares you in the face. But from the point of view of the country as a whole, I am surprised by the extent to which a substantial number of whites have now accepted that a solution for this country lies in discussions with the ((African National Congress)), and their readiness to accept a nonracial South Africa.

Q. One of the first things you said was that you were not a prophet. Do people expect too much from...

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