A Bend in the River - Book 4, Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Book 4, Chapter 17 Summary

Theo gets comfortable being in charge and starts to become difficult. He makes Salim drive him to and from work and forces Metty to run pointless errands all day. Metty says if it doesn't stop, he'll kill Theo. Salim tries to talk to Theo but is cut short. Metty begs Salim for money so he can get away before he does something terrible. Salim says no, and Metty tells the police about the ivory in the yard. A police officer asks Salim for $4,000. Salim says he doesn't have that kind of money and is arrested. The officer says Salim will stay in prison until the President leaves. Then, he can see if he has more money.

Salim is driven to jail and fingerprinted. The jail is on the way to the Domain, set off a bit from the road. On the...

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