And so the cycle began. Baaba beat Effia. Cobbe beat Baaba.
“I have gotten my blood.”
You will keep it that way. Do you understand? When anyone asks you if you have become a woman yet, you will answer no.
Who else knows?
If the white man wants her, he may have her. All the better for our business with them. All the better for the village.
Effia soon realized that she was pregnant. It was spring, and the mango treesoutside the Castle had started to drop down mangoes. Her stomach jutted out,soft and fleshy, its own kind of fruit. James was so happy when she told himthat he picked her up and danced her around their quarters.