"I beg you to accept this little kola," he said. "It is not to pay you back for all you did for me in these seven years. A child cannot pay for its mother's milk. I have only called you together because it is good for kinsmen to meet."
"I wish she were a boy,"
"Our own men and our sons have joined the ranks of the stranger. They have joined his religion and they help to uphold his government.
"No, the head of my church is God Himself."
Okonkwo decides to throw a farewell feast for the Mbanta people, to show his gratitude. One elder gives a warning to the younger generation. He fears the bonds of kinship are breaking, which allows Christianity to pollute their land.
"But I fear for you young people because you do not understand how strong is the bond of kinship. You do not know what it is to speak with one voice. And what is the result? An abominable religion has settled among you."
Okonkwo thinks about his family while his friend Obierika catches him up on what's been happening in Umuofia the seven years he's been gone and how members from their village have joined the Christians.
"We should have killed the white man if you had listened to me,"
"We could have been in Umuru now waiting to be hanged,"
The chapter tells of a debate between Mr. Brown and Akunna, a respected man of the clan. Akunna argues that the two faiths are not so different after all. Mr. Brown's uses his new understanding of the Igbo faith to realize that a direct attack on their gods won't work and instead goes family to family, begging them to send their children to the missionary school.
"I despise him and those who listen to him. I shall fight alone if I choose."
Enoch publicly unmasked the egwugwu. Mr. Smith decided to hide Enoch from the clan’s wrath. The head of the egwugwu tells Mr. Smith to go home, they cannot allow the church to stand anymore. When Mr. Smith tells them to leave this house of God, They refuse. Though they do not kill any of the Christians, they burn the church to the ground.
"We cannot leave the matter in his hands because he does not understand our customs, just as we do not understand his. We say he is foolish because he does not know our ways, and perhaps he says we are foolish because we do not know his. Let him go away."
"We cannot offer physical resistance to them. Our strength lies in the Lord."
Five days after the church was burned, Okonkwo and five other Umuofia leaders are invited to speak to District Commissioner The District Commissioner has them all arrested and imprisoned. The guards shave off their prisoners’ hair and starve them for three days straight. The village gathers together the two hundred and fifty bags of cowries.
The next morning, the entire village congregates to hear the war decision. Okonkwo himself will fight even if the clan chooses not to. Okika urges the Umuofia to go to war.. The fearless head messenger tells him that the white man has ordered their meeting to stop.This enrages Okonkwo and, in a flash, he draws his machete and decapitates the man.
"The white man whose power you know too well has ordered this meeting to stop."
"If we fight the stranger we shall hit our brothers and perhaps shed the blood of a clansman. But we must do it."