"All this, from my seat on the broken chair in the hut, looked to me as a weight too heavy to take on. I had not got it in me any longer to stand up against the authorities of the world. I did not have it in me now to brave them all, not all of them."

The narrator makes this statement in the "Death of Chief Kinanjui" in the final section of the book "Farewell to the Farm." It is one of the most emotional statements in the book in which the narrator reveals her own melancholic emotions. Previously the narrator had been a brave, and even stoic character. During the war, she went on a three-month safari with only a group of native men, standing up to bad weather and dangerous animals. Now, in her final moments in Africa, she has grown weary. Her struggles to keep her farm afloat have tired her. She no longer is willing to fight the world, so she refuses to take Chief Kinanjui home.

This quote is also interesting since it might reveal the one time that the narrator does something that the reader may not agree with. Indeed the narrator's tone as she retells what happened is laced with a certain quantity of regret. Farah cannot understand why the narrator will not take the Chief and many readers may not be able to either. The narrator here acts in a way that is not consistent with her previous behavior and therefore is disappointing, even though she explains the reason why.