Why aren't the leaders of Umuofia suspicious when the District Commissioner invites them to the Courthouse in Things Fall Apart?

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It may be that you are confusing the idea of suspicion with the concept of acquiescence. The leaders of Umuofia are intelligent, alert and perceptive. They know precisely what is going on around them. Their traditions, which they rely upon for both understanding and action, cause them to be contemplative before being explosively active. This is confirmed because after Okika gives his speech to stir the leaders to rebellious action, they all remain calm while only Okonkwo springs to action, following the admonitions in Okika's speech, and attacking the whites. He finds that the leaders do not support his action, which infers that they acquiesced and rejected Okika's speech.


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