The Commissioner reminds them that when they treat others wrongly, they must be judged in the government court of law — the law of the Commissioner's "great queen.
The leaders were wrong to hurt others and burn Enoch's house and the church. As a consequence, he says that they will be kept in prison, where they will be treated well and set free only after paying a fine of two hundred bags of cowries.
The six men remianed sullen and silent and the Commissioner left for a while. He told the Court messengers, when he left the courtroom to treat the men with respect. As soon as he left, the head messenger who was also the barber took down his razor and shaved all the hair among the men's heads.
"We should have killed the white man if you had listened to me," Okonkwo snarled.
"Who wants to kill the white men?" "You are not satisfied with your crime, but you must kill the white men on top of it"
"Unless you pay the fine immediately,we will take your leaders to Umuru before the big white man, and hang them."
It was the time of the full moon. But that night the voices of the children weren't heard. The village ilo where they would gather for a moon-play was empty. The women of the Iguedo did not meet in their secret enclosure to learn a new dance and young men kept their huts that night.