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He could not understand what was happening to him or what he had done. How could he know that his father had taken a hand in killing a daughter of Umuofia? All he knew was that a few men had arrived at their house, conversing with his father in low tones, and at the end he had been taken out and handed over to a stranger. His mother had wept bitterly, but he had been too surprised to weep. And so the stranger had brought him, and a girl, a long, long way from home, through lonely forest paths. He did not know who the girl was, and he never saw her again.
It was as if water had been poured on the tightened skin of a drum. Many people looked around, perhaps for the first time, and saw those who stood or sat next to them. “I did not know it was you,” Ekwefi said to the woman who had stood shoulder to shoulder with her since the beginning of the matches. “I do not blame you,” said the woman. “I have never seen such a large crowd of people. ” “It is true indeed, my dear friend. ” “Your chi is very much awake, my friend. ” “She has been very well for some time now.
A hush fell on the compound immediately. “Who killed this tree? ” As a matter of fact the tree was very much alive. Okonkwo's second wife had merely cut a few leaves off it to wrap some food, and she said so. Without further argument Okonkwo gave her a sound beating and left her and her only daughter weeping. Neither of the other wives dared to interfere beyond an occasional and tentative, “It is enough, Okonkwo,” pleaded from a reasonable distance. His anger thus satisfied, Okonkwo decided to go out hunting.