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Many men and women regard the white men's religion as lunatic, but disagree with Okonkwo's total opposition because they enjoy the wealth brought to them by the trading store established by the head missionary. This man, Mr. Brown, is respected by the clan because he restrains the excesses of his new converts and avoids confrontation with the traditional sector if the village. In fact, one of the great men in a neighboring village sends his son to learn what Mr. Brown has to teach, without being converted, and even gives Mr. Brown a carved elephant tusk, sign of dignity and rank. This man, Akunna, has sophisticated philosophical arguments with Mr. Brown, which convince Brown not to launch a frontal attack on the local religion. Instead, Brown begs people to learn to read and write by explaining that the future leaders of the land will need these skills. After a few months in his school, students become court clerks or messengers, and more people are convinced to come. Education and religion are taught hand-in-hand. Mr. Brown's health begins to break down from so much work.

Okonkwo is disappointed in the lack of notice he stirs. His daughters do arouse a great deal of interest, but it's the wrong year for initiating sons into the ozo title, and the village has changed so much that it no longer really recognizes a warrior-type like Okonkwo. He mourns for the clan, which he sees as growing soft and breaking up.

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Chapters 1 and 2
Chapters 3 and 4
Chapters 5 and 6
Chapters 7 and 8
Chapters 9 and 10
Chapters 11 and 12
Chapter 13
Chapters 14 and 15
Chapters 16 and 17
Chapters 18 and 19
Chapters 20 and 21
Chapters 22 and 23
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Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25


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