In Civil Peace, how do Jonathan and his family behave after their money is stolen?

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After their money is stolen, Jonathan and his family continue with their lives without further thought or reference to the incident. The neighbors gather to commiserate with the family over their bad luck, but Jonathan confesses to his neighbors that he counts the loss as inconsequential. The whole family's philosophy on life is centered on their faith in the care of Providence; their attention is solely focused on the present and how they can better their current situation.

The day after the robbery, Jonathan prepares to continue with his palm-wine bar business while his wife busies herself frying the breakfast akara balls she is to sell to neighbors. Meanwhile, their son washes out the dregs of the previous day's palm wine from old beer bottles. Jonathan tells his neighbors that they hadn't planned on the egg-rasher money before and they will not depend on it now. He reasons that the loss of the egg-rasher money is not more important than other things that were lost during the civil war.