| Quote #7
"Well, I have now decided to appoint him Paramount Chief for Umuaro. I've gone through the records of the case again and found that the man's title is Eze Ulu. The prefix eze in Ibo means king. So the man is a kind of priest-king."
Winterbottom mentions the "natives'" love for title and authority, and how ridiculous they look as a result. Clarke recognizes that this is a failing of all men, no matter the culture, but he knows he's not in a position to point this fact out.
| Quote #8
"Every man has his own way of ruling his household," he said at last. "What I do myself if I need something like that is to cal one of my wives and say to her: I need such and such a thing for a sacrifice, go and get it for me. I know I can take it but I ask her to go and bring it herself. I never forget what my father told his friend when I was a boy. He said: In our custom a man is not expected to go down on his knees and knock his forehead on the ground to his wife to ask her forgiveness or beg a favour. But, a wise man knows that between him and his wife there may arise the need for him to say to her in secret: "I beg you." When such a thing happens nobody else must know it, and that woman if she has any sense will never boast about it or even open her mouth and speak of it. If she does it the earth on which the man brought himself low will destroy her entirely." (14.109)
Ezeulu mentions that a wise man is humble; he does not let pride influence his behavior. He asks his wife, treating her with respect, so that when the time comes when he must beg her for something, she will not humiliate him but will respect the need for privacy and for her to maintain his dignity in public.
| Quote #9
From the beginning Mr. Goodcountry had taken exception to Unachukwu's know-all airs which the last catechist, Mr. Molokwu, had done his best to curb. Goodcountry had seen elsewhere how easy it was for a half-educated and half-converted Christian to mislead a whole congregation when the pastor or catechist was weak; so he wanted to establish his leadership from the very beginning. His intention was not originally to antagonize Unachukwu more than was necessary for making his point; after all he was a strong pillar in the church and could not be easily replaced. But Unachukwu did not give Mr. Goodcountry a chance; he challenged him openly on the question of the python and so deserved the public rebuke and humiliation he got.
Mr. Goodcountry and Moses Unachukwu's battle of wills is an issue of pride. Each one wants more power than the other, and they want others to respect their authority more than they respect the authority of the other. Mr. Goodcountry doesn't like the uppity airs that Unachukwu takes, but he misjudges his adversary. In this battle of wills, Unachukwu figures out how to humiliate Mr. Goodcountry and keep some of the customs of Umuaro sacred.