Froad is a man divided, sharing with the other characters numerous conflicting characteristics. Froad describes himself as “another leopard,” differentiating between people who are completely sure of themselves and of their place in the world and those who are tortured by uncertainty: “Some leopards think they have no spots simply because they have no mirrors. Others manage to know, somehow.” He shares certain qualities with some characters but is in accord with none of them.
Eve, who speaks to the side of Froad which is Lobo, is described as the image of Amanishakete and compared to the dark and gloom of forest and river, of earth and nature itself. She is comfortable with the heritage of Africa, its rites and celebrations, and with the Muslim religion. Froad looks to Eve for the nobility of his African heritage: He finds, however, cruelty, disorder, and carelessness.
Catherine, who is a Christian, speaks to the side of Froad which is Lionel. She is caring, emotionally connected to Froad, but he sees her as being in Hughie’s camp and therefore not to be completely trusted. He is unable to express sexually his feeling for her. Torn between these two women, Froad finds himself paralyzed and uncommitted.
Similarly, Froad is committed neither to the Christian cause of the Chief nor to Mohammed’s Arab sympathies. When he decides to write for Mohammed, it seems to be from caprice rather than from commitment. Hughie, whom he admires for his ordered, rational, European approach to life, he also despises for his cold, authoritarian manner and patronizing approach to African culture. He attacks Hughie, perhaps, to rid himself finally of the duality within himself which Hughie represents. Froad, ultimately, is neither black nor white, Christian nor Muslim, man of reason nor child of nature. At the end of the novel, he has returned to what seems to be a primordial state, awaiting a rebirth; it is unclear what he will yet become.