No Longer At Ease

Chinua Achebe

Chapter 8

Summary Chapter 8

The character of Joseph is also further developed in this chapter. He is closer to tradition than Obi, and it is perhaps for the sole reason that he does not have the kind of education that Obi has. He looks at Obi and believes him to be underdressed for the occasion, proving that Obi does not really try to correct his "mistakes," as it was obvious he was underdressed for his reception as well, something which even Obi had noticed. Joseph brags about his friend who has studied "classics" in England, fibbing about the "classics" part because to him it sounds more impressive. And Joseph, too, looks upon Obi's car with admiration. In fact, Joseph wants to be the one driving with Obi in his new vehicle. He wants to be seen with him and to absorb some of the cars "glory," as he puts it. This does not mean, however, that Joseph always agrees with his friend, and, indeed, Joseph does not agree with Obi's marriage with Clara nor does he agree with Obi's barging out of the meeting. Obi, however, by the end of the chapter is just as angry with Joseph as he is with the Progressive Union, for it was perhaps Joseph that told the Union about Clara in the first place.