| Quote #4
And if one thought objectively of the matter…could one blame those poor men for being critical of a senior service man who appeared reluctant to pay twenty pounds a month? They had taxed themselves mercilessly to raise eighth hundred pounds to send him to England. Some of them earned no more than five pounds a month. He earned nearly fifty. They had wives and school going children; he had none. After paying the twenty pounds he would have thirty left. And very soon he would have an increment which alone was as big as some people's salary.
As the first member of his village to achieve status and money through a position in the senior service, Obi is on his own when it comes to dealing with the multitude of financial problems that come his way. His obligations to his family and the Progressive Union make it increasingly difficult for him to maintain his status. Furthermore, nobody in the Union can understand or see his point because nobody has ever been there before.
| Quote #5
"Why didn't you tell me?" she asked when he had told her about the overdraft.
Obi is so used to dealing with his problems alone, that he doesn't even understand why Clara might be hurt that he hasn't confided in her.
| Quote #6
"We are Christians," he [Isaac] said. "But that is no reason to marry an osu."
If Obi marries Clara, his family will be alone in the world, isolated from the larger society. His children will not be able to marry. Though he can try to break the rules of society, society is less flexible than he thinks. And he cares more about his family's situation than he originally admits.