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Chapter 24

Okonkwo and his fellow prisoners are set free when the fine is paid. The Commissioner speaks to them about things like peace and the queen and good government when they are released. But a new town meeting is called the next morning. The released men wear fearsome looks, and their backs are scarred by the warders' whips. Okonkwo decides that night that if the village goes to war, all will be well, but if they don't he will go out alone to avenge himself. Okonkwo decides that one man, Egonwanne, is a coward whose words turn fire to ash and destroy the bold resolve of the village. He looks out for him in the marketplace when everyone assembles.

The orators address the crowd. The say it is time to fight, even if it means shedding the blood of clansmen, a taboo which held them back before. Five court messengers show up during the speech and order the meeting dispersed. Okonkwo kills the first messenger, and the others escape. He knows the village won't fight because the other court messengers got away.

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Historical Context
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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
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Chapters 22 and 23
Chapters 24 and 25
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
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