| Quote #7
Mr. Clarke had been desperately searching for a new subject. Then luckily he lit on a collection of quaint-looking guns arranged like trophies near the low window of the living-room. "Are they native guns?" He had stumbled on a redeeming theme.
Captain Winterbottom's power is symbolized in the guns he carried away from the war between Okperi and Umuaro. (He brought about an end to the war by breaking and burning the guns, and then settling the question of the land dispute between the neighboring regions.) By revealing his nickname, Winterbottom illustrates his role as peace-maker, settling the disputes of subjects. But this also symbolizes his manhood, as we see in his boast that the children of that year have also been named for him.
| Quote #8
"One thing you must remember in dealing with natives is that like children they are great liars. They don't lie simply to get out of trouble. Sometimes they would spoil a good case by a pointless lie. Only one man – a kind of priest-king in Umuaro – witnessed against his own people. I have not found out what it was, but I think he must have had some pretty fierce tabu working on him. But he was a most impressive figure of a man." (3.61)
Here Winterbottom reveals that part of the colonial administrative power is in infantilizing an entire group of people; he insults men from another culture, by considering them to be "children" in the eyes of the Administration. He also reveals his admiration for Ezeulu, who told the truth, by calling him a real man. In fact, Winterbottom refers to him as an "impressive figure of a man."
| Quote #9
"Is it true, Obika," asked one of the men, "that your new bride has not returned after her first visit?"
This lighthearted banter between the men about Obika's new bride suggests that being handsome and well endowed are important characteristics for manhood. (These attributes are also important in Western culture.)