Okonkwo is revived and feels the tribe has recovered its old ways. He has persuaded the men in Umuofia to arm themselves so they will be readied—not to be caught unprepared like the people in Abame.
After three days, delegates from the District Commissioner's office welcome Okonkwo and five others to his office. They go on the grounds that an "Umuofia man does not decline a call." However, they bring blades, in spite of the fact that they pick not to carry firearms, which "would be uncivilized."
An individual from the Umuofia delegation starts to clarify why the church was brought down, and the District Commissioner requests that he stop so he can get men to hear the grievances. Soon after the Commissioner's men go into the room, there is a short fight, and they cuff Okonkwo and the others.
The clansmen are given a talk about their evil treatment of individuals, and a fine is set. The kotma, or court messengers, are advised to approach the detainees with respect. Rather, they coercively shave the detainees' heads, beat them, and withhold their food and water. The court emissaries go to Umuofia and educate the villagers what has happened. The men of Umuofia assemble and choose to pay the fine "to appease the white man."