| Quote #4
Tony Clarke was dressed for dinner, although he still had more than an hour to go. Dressing for dinner was very irksome in the heat, but he had been told by man experienced coasters that it as quiet imperative. They said it was a general tonic which one must take if one was to survive in this demoralizing country. For to neglect it could become the first step on the slippery gradient of ever profounder repudiations. Today was quiet pleasant because the rain had brought some coolness. But there had been days when Tony Clarke had foregone a proper dinner to avoid the torment of a starched shirt and tie. (3.17)
In the climate of southern Africa, it is easy for Europeans to lose their respectability. This is why all colonial officials are reminded time and again to maintain standards – even if it's a misery to behave like the upper class do in cool, wet England. The colonial project is dependent on its officials behaving in a proper manner. Though it might not seem obvious that wearing a properly starched tie and shirt to dinner is important, it keeps standards high, so that one doesn't slip into other, more morally gray habits.
| Quote #5
Oduche who had thus far inclined towards Unachukwu's position had a sudden stab of insight. He raised his hand and was about to put it down again. But Mr. Goodcountry had seen him.
Oduche, Ezeulu's son, gains respect and reputation in the Christian church at the expense of one of his elders in Umuaro. He challenges Unachukwu's interpretation of the Bible and, by default, takes the side of Christianity and Western culture over his own people's traditions and his father's religion.
| Quote #6
But as he [Clarke] turned to go he [Winterbottom] called him back.
Winterbottom has already had cause to chide Wright for his behavior; Wright's diminished reputation allows Winterbottom to believe any and all reports about his behavior.