No Longer At Ease

Chinua Achebe
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Important Quotes Explained

Quotes Important Quotes Explained

He knew that many of these secretaries were planted to spy on Africans.

The above is said by the narrator of Obi's suspicions about Miss Tomlinson, Mr. Green's secretary, in the ninth chapter of the novel. The quote points to the presence of the English within the Nigerian government in 1957, three years before Nigerian independence. It illustrates that educated Nigerians, like Obi, had suspicions and an inherent distrust of the English in high positions and even, as is evidence by Obi's spy thoughts, a certain degree of "fear." Although, Obi later becomes friendly with Miss Tomlinson, she represents an English presence and the consequences of such a presence.