| Quote #4
The other man, Wright, did not really belong to the station. He was a Public Works Department man supervising the new road to Umuaro. Captain Winterbottom had already had cause to talk to him seriously about this behaviour especially with native women. It was absolutely imperative, he told him, that every European in Nigeria, particularly those in such a lonely outpost as Okperi, should not lower themselves in the eyes of the natives. In such a place the District Officer was something of a school prefect, and Captain Winterbottom was determined to do his duty. He would go as far as barring Wright from the club unless he showed a marked change. (3.15)
The value that Winterbottom is trying to impart to Wright here is the idea that Europeans are superior. Thus, they must behave with certain proprieties intact.
| Quote #5
"It was rather interesting what you said about Allen. A little smug, I think you said." [Winterbottom]
Winterbottom expresses several ideas about race in this short passage. For one thing, he clearly distinguishes between African cultures and European cultures, suggesting that European cultures are superior. But he also discusses the French habit of ruling through "direct rule," which he calls a more honest approach to colonialism. He considers the British habit of ruling through "indirect rule" to be ineffective and hypocritical.
| Quote #6
"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. He was very light in complexion, almost red. One finds people like that now and again among the Ibos. I have a theory that the Ibos in the distant past assimilated a small non-negroid tribe of the same complexion as the Red Indians." (3.61)
Winterbottom speculates freely about the genetic origin of skin like Ezeulu's. One can ask a number of questions about Winterbottom based on these quotes here: Is his respect for Ezeulu born from the fact that Ezeulu told the truth or because he's light-skinned? And does he think that Ezeulu told the truth because his genetic origins are "non-negroid"? Does Winterbottom consider Ezeulu a man because he told the truth, or because he's closer in appearance to Europeans?