Context: Ishmael and his friends sit out on the "verandah" throughout the night, but his friends leave one by one as Ishmael sits and doesn't notice.
Characters: Ishmael, Mohamed, Alhaji, and Mambu.
Reason: I selected this scene since it was one of the "touching" moments of the book.
Importance: It's important to the novel is that it shows Ishmael has finally outgrown his war days and will now move on from them. It's effect on the plot is moving him away from the past of the war, due to his war-mates.