An English Christian missionary who works in the village, Mr. Brown isn’t as appealing to the people for his religious teachings. Rather, they are interested in him due to the clinical dispensary he runs. Like the diviner, then, Mr. Brown exemplifies a figure of power and leadership whose authority may be unearned. At the very least, Mr. Brown’s authority isn’t fully respected—it seems that at the time the story takes place, most of the villagers have resisted converting to Christianity and still practice their traditional Igbo religion. Amos and Sarah, are exceptions to this, however. Using Christian teachings, Mr. Brown convinces Amos to marry Sarah in spite of her low social standing, and the couple goes on to raise Chike and their five other children as Christians.