The District Commissioner storms Okonkwo’s compound with a troop of soldiers and the court messengers. He orders to see Okonkwo, however, Obierika discloses to him he isn't there. After the District Commissioner issues threats to the men, Obierika agrees to reveal to them where Okonkwo is and requests the group's assistance.
Obierika takes the District Commissioner to the tree where Okonkwo has hanged himself and requests that the men bring the body down. Since suicide is a cursed thing, Obierika says, "His body is evil and only strangers may touch it." He likewise clarifies that it is only outsiders who may bury the body.
Obierika talks furiously to the District Commissioner and says Okonkwo was an extraordinary man. Obierika announces, "You drove him to kill himself, and now he will be buried like a dog." The District Commissioner advises his men to take the body away.
At the novel's end, the District Commissioner, who is intending to write a book about his encounters, finds this event qualified to be in his book, even if it is just a paragraph. He intends to call the book The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.