The District Commissioner shows up in Umuofia after Okonkwo murders a white man towards the end of the novel. The District Commissioner plans to write a book on his experiences in Nigeria, and the title he chooses—The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger—reveals his superior attitude towards the Igbo people, whom he treats as objects of study rather than as actual people with their own complex customs and beliefs.
District Commissioner Quotes in Things Fall Apart
The Things Fall Apart quotes below are all either spoken by District Commissioner or refer to District Commissioner. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Anchor Books edition of Things Fall Apart published in 1994.).
Chapter 25 Quotes
One of the most infuriating habits of these people was their love of superfluous words, he thought.
District Commissioner Character Timeline in Things Fall Apart
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...including some men of title. The white men have also built a court where a District Commissioner judges cases, and messengers called kotma guard the prison. The messengers are especially hated for... (full context)
...all the men in Umuofia walk around armed with a gun or a machete. When the District Commissioner returns from his tour, Mr. Smith goes to speak with him, and three days afterwards,... (full context)