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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.

Chapter 25

When the Commissioner arrives at Okonkwo's compound with a band of armed men, there is a small group of men sitting in there already who say to them, "Perhaps you can help us." The Commissioner doesn't understand and is irritated until he goes back to the garden, where he sees Okonkwo's body dangling from a tree. The clansmen won't take it down or touch it because a suicide is considered evil. Obierika cries out angrily against the Commissioner after explaining that Okonkwo won't get a decent burial by his family, but chokes off before a court messenger can unnecessarily shout "Shut up!" at him. Then the narrative switches over totally to the Commissioner's point of view. This Commissioner is briefly interested, but quickly turns and walks away. He thinks to himself that this is an interesting story that he could include in the book he is writing. A chapter might be too much space, but there is enough material for a paragraph. One has to be firm in cutting out details. He has already chosen the title: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
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
Chapters 24 and 25
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25


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