The road has reached the Olinka village, and the villagers assume that the road is for them and hold a celebration feast.
Turns out, though, that the road isn’t done yet and is supposed to continue right through the village, and right through Catherine’s field.
The villagers are really mad, but the road builders have guns and are supposed to shoot if the villagers resist.
The church, school, and missionary huts were torn down within hours to make way for the road.
The Olinka chief sets out to complain and try to get reparations. However, all he returns with is bad news: the Olinka village and the surrounding area now belongs to an English rubber manufacturing company.
The Olinka now have to pay rent to live in their village and pay a tax to use the water.
The villagers have rebuilt the school, church, and destroyed huts and are waiting to see what will happen now.
Corrine is sick with a fever.
More women are now sending their daughters to school.