| Quote #1
Dr. Meers peered over the paper, smiled mischievously and answered, "Goodnight, baboon."
Nnaife is philosophical about how the white man treats him. As long as he gets his paycheck, he doesn't care if they think he's beneath them.
| Quote #2
If the master was intelligent, as it was said all white men were, then why did he not show a little of it, and tell his wife to keep quiet? What kind of an intelligent man could not keep his wife quiet, instead of laughing stupidly over a newspaper? Nnaife did not realize that Dr Meers's laughter was inspired by that type of wickedness that reduces any man, white or black, intelligent or not, to a new low; lower than the basest of animals, for animals at least respected each other's feelings, each other's dignity (4.14)
Nnaife is confused by British culture, and assumes that part of intelligence is keeping your wife in line. He doesn't realize that the Meers are laughing at him.
| Quote #3
All the time he was saying this, a sick sensation was turning round and round inside Nnu Ego's head. That she had to keep such a joyous thing as this quiet because of a shriveled old woman with ill-looking skin like the flesh of a pig! If Nnaife had said it was because of Dr Meers, Nnu Ego might have swallowed it; but not for that thing of a female whom she would not dream of offering to an enemy god. O, her dear mother, was this a man she was living with? How could a situation rob a man of his manhood without him knowing it?
Nnu Ego has not adjusted to the situation in Lagos, where whites rule, and her husband (like all black men) is their servant. As servants, black men must follow certain rules in order to keep their jobs. Nnu Ego recognizes that this is not the way men behave, traditionally, in Ibuza. It is the way slaves behave.