“You think you are the greatest sufferer in the world? Do you know that men are sometimes banished for life? Do you know that men sometimes lose all their yams and even their children? I had six wives once. I have none now except that young girl who knows not her right from her left. Do you know how many children I have buried--children I begot in my youth and strength? Twenty-two. I did not hang myself, and I am still alive. If you think you are the greatest sufferer in the world ask my daughter, Akueni, how many twins she has borne and thrown away. Have you not heard the song they sing when a woman dies?'For whom is it well, for whom is it well? There is no one for whom it is well.' "I have no more to say to you.”
“¿Es justo que tú, Okonkwo, le pongas una cara triste a tu madre y te niegues a recibir consuelo? Ten cuidado o disgustarás a los difuntos. Tienes la obligación de consolar a tus esposas y a tus hijos y llevarlos a la tierra de tu padre así pasen siete años. pero si dejas que te domine y te mate la pesadumbre, morirán todos ellos en el desierto.”
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