No Longer At Ease
Clara begged him not to misunderstand her. She said she was taking her present step because she did not want to ruin his life. "I have thought about the whole matter very carefully. There are two reasons why we should not get married."
"What are they?"
"Well, the first is that your family will be against it. I don't want to come between you and your family."
"Bunk! Anyway, what is the second reason?" She could not remember what it was. It didn't matter, anyway. The first reason was quite enough. (13. 7-10)
He that has a brother must hold him to his heart,
For a kinsman cannot be bought in the market,
Neither is a brother bought with money. (13. 36)
"How were all our people in Lagos when you left them?" he asked. He sat on his wooden bed while Obi sat on a low stool facing him, drawing lines with his finger on the dusty top of the Harvest table.
"Lagos is a very big place. You can travel the distance from here to Abame and still be in Lagos."
"So they said. But you have a meeting of Umuofia people?" It was half-question, half-statement.
"Yes. We have a meeting. But it is only once a month." And he added: "It is not always that one finds time to attend." The fact was he had not attended since November.
"True," said his father. "But in a strange land one should always move near one's kinsmen." (14. 8-12)