Chapter 3 Summary

The next morning, Hemingway inspects the camp with Keiti, and all is well. They discuss plans to intercept the Mau Mau should they come to any of the villages. Keiti does not believe they will come.

Hemingway discusses the guns with Mwindi, who is in charge of all the paraphernalia in the camp. He is teaching the Kamba language to Hemingway, as is Ngui, but Mwindi thinks Ngui’s Kamba is wrong. Hemingway and Mwindi discuss the posting of guards. Mwindi also does not believe the Mau Mau will come to the camp.

Hemingway reflects on the division in the camp between the active hunters and warriors and those who are not active. Some support the Mau Mau’s complaints, while others do not.

Hemingway lets Mary sleep in while he has breakfast. As Ngui serves him beer for breakfast, Hemingway asks him if he heard the leopard in the night; Ngui did not. The Game Department Informer arrives to tell Hemingway that a man wants to see him about destruction in the village caused by elephants. The man arrives; he has a Mau Mau-style haircut so Hemingway thinks of him as an enemy. The man says it is Hemingway’s responsibility to control the elephants. Hemingway tells him that when the plane arrives later in the day, the two of them will inspect the damage from the air. The man protests that he has never flown before and might become ill. Hemingway mocks him and forces him to agree to fly. He thinks the man simply wants him to kill an elephant to provide meat for him.

Mary awakens and chides Hemingway for drinking beer at breakfast. She then asks him for news of the lion, but there is no news. She pushes him to hunt the lion, and he becomes annoyed. Subdued, Mary asks if she will be able to fly today, but Hemingway tells her that the plane will have to be used to inspect damage done by elephants.

With veiled hints of Hemingway’s infidelity with Debba, Mary tells him that she does not care what he does as long as he does not hurt anyone and that he loves her the most. Hemingway does not think he hurts anyone, but Mary tells him that when he is in the company of other men, he can be cruel to the natives. She also begs him not to be rude to Debba in her presence. Hemingway objects that he is not rude, only formal. Mary is firm in her belief that Hemingway can be bad.