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Chapters 23, 24, and 25 Things Fall Apart "I want to bring in my men so that they too can hear your grievances and take warning. Many of them come from distant places and although they speak your tongue they are ignorant of your customs." "The six men ate nothing throughout that day and the next. They were not even given any water to drink, an they could not go out to urinate or go into the bush when they were pressed. At night the messengers came in to taunt them and to knock their shaven heads together." "Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messenger escape. They had broken into tumult instead of action. He discerned fright in that tumult. He heard voices asking: "Why did he do it?" He wiped his machete on the sand and went away." "Nobody else spoke, but they noticed the long stripes on Okonkwo's back where the warder's whip had cut into his flesh." "Obierika, who had been gazing steadily at his friend's dangling body, turned suddenly to the District Commissioner and said ferociously: 'That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog...' He could not say any more." "Everyday brought him some new material. The story of this man who had killed a messenger and hanged himself would make interesting reading. One could almost write a whole chapter on him... He had already chosen the title of th ebook, after much thought: 'The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger'." What trick does the District Commissioner play on the men? According to the District Commissioner, who rules Umuofia? How are the prisoners treated? What has happened to Okonkwo? How will this affect him? How does Okonkwo know that Umuofia will not go to war? How does he react? Whom does Obierika blame for Okonkwo's death? Do you feel that Obierika is justified in his claim? Will the Commissioner ever really understand the story of Okonkwo? If any man ill-treats you we shall come to your rescue. But we will not allow you to ill-treat others. We have a court of law where we judge cases and administer justice just as it is done in my own country under a great queen."
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