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A Man of the People - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

Jean does not let John's absence on assignment in Abaka interfere with plans for a dinner with Nanga and Odili. Plans break down when Mrs. Akilo arrives that evening after an 80-mile drive. The Akilos together practice law. Odili feels awkward in the presence of this sophisticated woman with whom Nanga doubtless will have sex tonight. She insists on staying in a hotel rather than Mrs. Nanga's bedroom, and they arrange to meet for dinner. Nanga is certain Jean will arrange transportation home for Odili after her party. The dinner is "nine pence talk and three pence chop." Odili's closeness to Nanga brings him attention, which makes him loquacious. He prides himself on correcting an English guest's misunderstanding of an African gesture; he digresses to note another incident in which he straightens out a French art critic's scandalous misunderstanding of a religious mask. Odili's reputation rises after...

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