She has African trails in her courtyard; decisions are made about a variety of disagreements, arguments and even payment methods for loss of life that occur as a result of accidents. Through her portrayal of these events, the reader is put in a juxtaposition of being in praise of Karen Blixen while at the same time observing the power structure of the white settler over the local African people.
There are no descriptions of her marriage partner, her first husband, Swedish Baron Bror van Blixen-Finecke. But Dinesen does sketch her second partner, a British nobleman, Denys Finch-Htton who appears to be mostly on safaris within the country and does drop by for short stays with her at the plantation. Her fond descriptions of his demise in Kenya are notable. It is evident her life in Kenya was one of isolation with occasional visits from other white settlers and her few necessary trips into Nairobi.
Throughout the reading of this memoir, it is clearly evident that it is written during the time of the white colonial era by a white settler. It aptly captures the frame of mind of these white inhabitants of Kenya. There is no mention that the land was confiscated by the white settlers and accordingly apportioned to the Europeans; in return these Europeans employed the Africans to work on the land that belonged to them and not to the colonists.