This chapter is dedicated to the description of the public trial in the Igbo society. At a social event in one of the village gatherings, the elders sit on their stools while the other men stand behind them. The women stand slightly away from the men, looking on. A line of nine stools shows the presence of the nine egwugwu, who speak to the spirits of their ancestors. Two small groups of men remain at a distance, and they keep looking at the empty stools. The two sides of the family engaged in the dispute, and members of the public watch on as they wait for the hearing that is to be officiated by the costumed egwugwu, who at last show up from their close-by house with incredible flourish and service. As the egwugwu approach the stools, Okonkwo's wives see that the second egwugwu strolls with the springy walking style of Okonkwo and they also take note that Okonkwo is not seated among the elders, however, they say nothing concerning this strange turn of events.
The egwugwu entertain the case of Uzowulu, who asserts that his in-laws took his wife Mgbafo from his home, and as a result, he demands a return of the bride price from them. Odukwe, Mgbafo's brother, does not deny Uzowulu's charges. He asserts that his family took Mgbafo to save her from the everyday battery by Uzowulu, and he says that she will come back to her husband when the man promises never to beat her again.
After the egwugwu retreat to consult with each other, their leader, Evil Forest, comes back with a decision: He commands Uzowulu to take wine to his in-laws and ask his wife to return home with him. Evil Forest additionally reminds the husband that beating his wife is not brave. Evil Forest at that point teaches Odukwe to acknowledge his brother-in-law's offer and let Mgbafo come back home. After the issue is settled, one village elder is heard saying that he is wondering the reasons that could have allowed such a minor dispute to arrive before them. An elder advises him that Uzowulu does not acknowledge any command unless it originates from the egwugwu.