• Okonkwo, is a well-known member of the Ibo tribe, noted for beating "Amalinze the Cat" in a wrestling match.
• Okonkwo is a wealthy farmer, and a warrior with three wives
• Okonkwo despises his father, Unoka, who is a failure.
• Unoka never pays his debts, and laughs when his friend, Okoye, asks to be repaid.
• The town crier announces a meeting in the marketplace. Okonkwo wonders what the meeting is about.
• Okonkwo remembers the time he brought home a human head from war and drank palm-wine from it.
• Ten thousand men gather at the marketplace. The orator, Ogbuefi Ezeugo, tells of an Umuofian woman who was murdered in Mbaino.
• The ultimatum they offer Mbaino is a young man and a virgin instead of war.
• Okonkwo is the emissary to Mbaino and returns with the boy and virgin.
• The boy is looked after by Okonkwo.
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