Okonkwo sinks into depression. He feels very weak, and cannot sleep or eat.
Okonkwo visits his friend Obierika, hoping to escape thoughts of Ikemefuna. He praises Obierika's son Maduka for his victory in the wrestling match and complains about his own son's wrestling skills and mentally likens him to his own weak father, Unoka.
A man interrupts them to relay the news of the death of an elder of a neighbouring village, a former Umuofia leader. His wife, also later on the same day, complicates the announcement of the elder's death and funeral.