No Longer At Ease
Obi had been shocked by the crudity of Christopher's reaction to his story. …
"You know, Obi," he said, "I had wanted to discuss that matter with you. But I have learnt not to interfere in a matter between a man and a woman, especially with chaps like you who have wonderful ideas about love…That was why I didn't tell you anything about Clara. You may say that I am not broad-minded, but I don't think we have reached the stage where we can ignore all our customs. You may talk about education and so on, but I am not going to marry an osu." (15.32-33)
"Why don't you marry the girl anyway? She is very good-looking."
"I don't want to marry him," said Clara sullenly, the first thing she had said since they came in
"What's wrong with him? He seems a nice young man to me."
"I say I won't marry him. Isn't that enough?" she almost screamed, and rushed out of the room. Obi went quietly after her and they drove off. No single word passed between them all the way to the house of the next doctor who had been recommended to Obi. (15.49-52)
As he sat in the driver's seat, paralyzed by his thoughts, the doctor and Clara came out and entered a car that was parked by the side of the road. The doctor must have said something about him because Clara looked in his direction once and immediately took her eyes away. Obi wanted to rush out of his car and shout: "Stop. Let's go and get married now," but he couldn't' and didn't. The doctor's car drove away. (16.17)