An emergency meeting is called. He beats his children and wives, gets bored easily, and is too demanding. Another important aspect of women in Igbo society is represented by Chielo, who is significant because, as a woman, she speaks on behalf of the God Agbala. When he answered her knock at his door, they exchanged no words. Obierika and Okonkwo conclude their discussion on a fatalistic note, sitting in silence together. Brown, by contrast, is far more lenient with the converts' retention of some of their old beliefs and doesn't draw as clear a line between the converts and the Igbo community. However, it strains his relationship with Nwoye and leads him to sin in Chapter 4 by breaking the Week of Peace.
Okonkwo attends the ceremony of Obierika's daughter and her suitor's family's deciding the bride price. Okonkwo's uncle, Uchendu, and the rest of his kinsmen receive him warmly. Okonkwo succeeds in exceeding all the other clansmen as a warrior, a farmer, and a family provider. Strangely, the old man's wife died shortly thereafter. He rules his family with an iron fist. The woman's brothers state that he is a beastly man who beat their sister mercilessly, even causing her to miscarry once. Chapter 16: Obierika returns two-years later and reports that Nwoye has become a Christian missionary.
In doing so, Ekwefi contradicts Okonkwo's ideas of femininity and demonstrates that strength and bravery are not only masculine attributes. Okonkwo takes part in the ceremony. She loves the girl fiercely. Okonkwo ascertains that Ezinma has a fever and sets about collecting medicine. All of those children died as infants, and Ekwefi had become increasingly defeated and depressed with each passing. Enoch's conversion and alleged attack on the python emblematize the transition from the old order to the new.
The egwugwu take the form of masked men, and everyone suspects that Okonkwo is among them. Now she lies suffering with fever while Okonkwo gathers leaves, grasses, and barks for medicine. Ezinma, Ekwefi's only child, takes a bowl of food to Okonkwo's hut. The husband, Uzowulu, states that the three brothers of his wife, Mgbafo, beat him and took her and the children from his hut but would not return her bride-price. Nwoye is spiritually broken by the event. Terrified, Ekwefi follows the Oracle at a distance, fearing harm might come to her child. In prison, they are humiliated and beaten, and they are held until the clan pays a heavy fine.
This parrying of potential violence on the interpersonal level reflects the culture's tradition of avoiding violence and war whenever possible. This is still in keeping with his idea of masculinity, since he is more comfortable with actions than he is with words. His wife Ekwefi tells him that Ezinma is dying. As the wrestling continues, Ekwefi speaks with Chielo, the priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and Caves. This strategy involves cooperation and unity among the birds.
According to the mandates of tradition, the men from Ezeudu's quarter burn Okonkwo's buildings and kill his animals to cleanse the village of his sin. Okonkwo though this in reference to his young daughter Ezinma. When he answered her knock at his door, they exchanged no words. That year's devastating harvest left a profound mark on Okonkwo, and for the rest of his life he considers his survival during that difficult period proof of his fortitude and inner mettle. Neither converts the other, but each leaves with a greater understanding of the other's faith. Chapter 2: Okonkwo supports three wives and eight children, a barn full of yams, a shrine to his ancestors, a hut for himself, and a hut for each wife.
Uchendu laments the loss of five of his wives, openly expressing his strong attachment to the women who have shared his life and borne his children. A Hard Life - Ekwefi and Her Ogbanje Before giving birth to Ezinma, Ekwefi had nine children. He despises weakness and beats his children and wives. Not surprisingly, Mbaino agrees to Umuofia's terms. At last, Okonkwo returns from the forest and prepares the medicine for his daughter, who inhales the fumes from a steaming pot and soon sleeps again. After a release of the men, the clan calls a meeting to decide whether they will fight or try to live peacefully with the whites.
Uchendu lectures Okonkwo on the importance of staying strong. For example, the practice of sharing palm-wine and kola nuts is repeated throughout the book to emphasize the peacefulness of the Igbo. The women and children are filled with fear even though they sense that theegwugwu are merely men impersonating spirits. Tough Guy really does care for his little daughter. Chielo, carrying Ezinma, makes her rounds of the nine villages.