Death and the King's Horsemen - Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Scene 4

A masquerade ball is underway at the Residency, hosted by the European Club. It is a glamorous and exciting affair. All the vestiges of imperialism and colonialism can be seen. The Prince welcomes people to the ball. The Prince is especially taken with the costumes of the Pilkings. A note arrives, and the Resident and Pilkings step aside to discuss it. It has to do with the riotous market women relating to Elesin’s pending suicide. Pilkings thinks the word “riot” is an exaggeration of Amusa’s. Jane goes to find Amusa. The Resident reminds Pilkings that nothing can go wrong while the Prince is visiting. The Resident lectures Pilkings not to let things get out of hand. Amusa arrives, and he and Pilkings then take off.

Olunde appears and speaks to Jane. She has not seen him for a long time. While...

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