'There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.'
'Mr Brown's successor was the Reverend James Smith''He saw things in black and White. And black was evil.'
'the very soul of the tribe wept'
'Mr Smith danced a furious step and so the drums went mad.'
'Enoch's devotion to the new faith had seemed so much greater than Mr Brown's''one of them [egwugwu] gave Enoch a good stroke of the cane''Enoch fell on him and tore off his mask''The other egwugwu immediately surrounded their desecrated companion, to shield him from the profane gaze of women and children'
'Enoch had killed an ancestral spirit''Egwugwu appeared on the church compound''Ajofia [leading egwugwu of Umuofia] laughed in his gutteral voice'
'When the egwugwu went away the red-earth church [...] was a pile of earth and ashes'
'the six men went to see the District Commissioner''the six men did not see it coming [...] the six men were handcuffed and led into the guard room''you will pay a fine of two hundred bags of cowries''took down his razor and shaved off all the hair on the men's heads. They were still handcuffed, and they just sat and moped''they found no words to speak to one another'