Devil on the Cross - Chapter 4, Part One Summary & Analysis

Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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At the beginning of Chapter Four, Mwĩreri wa Mũkiraaĩ is continuing to speak to the passengers in lullaby-like tones. He tells a parable involving a man chased out of the country by nationalist guerrillas. As he flees, he pledges to return and gives several hundred thousand shillings to three men. One man, having discovered that capital cannot grow without sweat and labor, rejects the “lifeless god of capital” (85). The leader accuses the dissident of being a communist, and arrests him.

At the Devil’s feast, the master of ceremonies is speaking. He describes the rules of the competition, emphasizing their close partnership with foreigners and willingness to “drink from foreign fountains of knowledge” (87). The leader of the foreign delegation, an American, speaks next. They want to choose seven “disciples” (88) who will be granted access to all local branches of finance...

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