The Thing Around Your Neck

by

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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In "The Arrangers of Marriage," Nia is a neighbor in Ofodile and Chinaza's apartment building. Chinaza thinks she dresses like a prostitute, but Nia runs a hair salon. She tells Chinaza she changed her English name to a Swahili one as a teenager. She and Chinaza become friends, and Nia encourages Chinaza to stay with Ofodile until her papers come through and she can leave.

Nia Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck

The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Nia or refer to Nia. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of The Thing Around Your Neck published in 2009.
The Arrangers of Marriage Quotes

You left your husband? Aunty Ada would shriek. Are you mad? Does one throw away a guinea fowl's egg? Do you know how many women would offer both eyes for a doctor in America? For any husband at all?

Related Characters: Chinaza (speaker), Ofodile, Nia
Page Number: 184
Explanation and Analysis:
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Nia Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck

The timeline below shows where the character Nia appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Arrangers of Marriage
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Chinaza meets their neighbor Nia one day when she's getting the mail. She thinks that her aunt would label Nia... (full context)
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Nia offers to help Chinaza get a job at Macy's once her work permit goes through.... (full context)
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While Ofodile showers, Chinaza packs her suitcase and goes to Nia's apartment. Nia offers to let Chinaza call home, but Chinaza says that there's nobody to... (full context)
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Nia suggests that Chinaza give her marriage more time and asks why Chinaza always refers to... (full context)
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Nia tells Chinaza that she should wait, get her papers in order, and then leave Ofodile.... (full context)