By Neil McEwan (auth.)
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First Exercise Book: 'After the Funeral') The excessive reaction is convincing and funny. Oyono is better than Ache be at catching the false tones in European conversation; perhaps French colonials are easier to portray than the English because they play their social roles more broadly. Oyono's plain points include a jibe at the French assumption, amusing to other peoples, that France is civilisation. Nobody hears the reference to New York, whose morals have not been put explicitly in question.
Although Achebe does not dwell on the point which Hartley makes, that the period between 1900 and 1950 is the 'longest' and most dreadful half-century in history, his sense of how things have changed is not very different from the Englishman's. Nigeria was like England in 1900 in being subject to violent, unpredictable upsets. Brown, Smith and the District Commissioner had more common grounds for belief with Umuofians than with many modern thinkers at home, as is suggested in the scene where Brown and an elder of the tribe hold an amicable discussion of monotheism in Chapter 21.
Drole de pays! dit Ia femme du pasteur americain avec un fort accent. Ce n'est pas New York City! dit betement sa grosse amie. Les autres Blancs ne semblaient pas comprendre. Elles rirent toutes les deux comme si elles etaient toutes seules. II n'y a pas de moralite dans ce pays, g~mit Ia femme du docteur, faussement desesperee. Pas plus qu'a Parisi riposta l'instituteur. Cette phrase avait ete lancee comme un courant electrique dans les chairs de chaque Blanc de la salle. lis tressaillirent a tour de role.