Civil Peace - Paragraphs 7-9 (Page 2) Summary & Analysis

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Paragraphs 7-9 (Page 2) Summary

Eventually an official recall of Biafran pounds is issued; the Nigerian government will accept the demonetized Biafran monies in exchange for legal Nigerian pounds in an attempt to stabilize and rehabilitate the national economy. Jonathan spends five days standing in lines with crowds near rioting, but finally exchanges his Biafran pounds for twenty Nigerian pounds in what is referred to as an ex-gratia award for sacrificing rebel money. Since most locals cannot pronounce ex-gratia, a newly exchanged note is referred to by the slang term 'egg-rasher'.

Recalling that the previous day a man receives his payment only to be robbed within moments, Jonathan is very cautious. He recalls that most people witnessing the thievery blamed the victim for being wantonly careless with his money. Jonathan closes his fist over the money and places his hand in his pocket. He makes sure he holds...

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