Chapter 14 Summary

Hemingway shaved his head after Mary left for Nairobi. He does not know what Debba will think of it but is not worried about it. Mthuka had sent Nguili ahead to warn the Widow and Debba that Hemingway is coming to take them shopping for dresses. Hemingway offers to take Nguili with him up the mountain. The Informer shows up and requests to go too, but Hemingway refuses to take him because he still finds him excessively annoying.

Hemingway reflects that the Wakamba have no obvious cases of homosexuality because of the severe punishments inflicted on incidents in the past. He also states that cannibals say that homosexuals taste bad, much worse than those convicted of bestiality.

The Widow and Debba come out and climb into Hemingway’s car. Hemingway sends the Informer to find beer for his father-in-law. Debba asks Hemingway if the leopard hurt him. They drive up into the hills, eat, and look at the country below.

At the village, the Widow and Debba go shopping alone because it would not be appropriate for Hemingway to go in with them. He goes to visit the Singhs and speaks to them through the Interpreter. Mr. Singh has heard of the killing of the lion and leopard. Hemingway is proud of Mary but dismisses his own accomplishments. When the three of them go into the back room to drink, the Interpreter explains that he is rejecting his missionary training. Hemingway tells him that he now ranks as a negative convert but warns him never to speak of the Baby Jesus with disrespect.

The Interpreter asks Hemingway about all his scratches, and the conversation turns to Hemingway’s killing of the leopard. Mr. Singh then asks Hemingway if he can justify a European taking an African as a mistress. Hemingway says there are ways it can be condoned. Mr. Singh replies that is a sin in the eyes of God.

Hemingway commissions the Interpreter as a temporary interpreter for the Game Department, and his name is now Peter. Then he sends him away to avoid a constant string of questions. Hemingway and Mr. Singh discuss the British Empire’s reign in Africa.

Hemingway leaves to pick up the Widow and Debba, but they are still looking at cloth so he buys some supplies. He tells the women to buy two dresses. When they are finally finished, they pack up and head back, giving some Masai a ride.