A fool at forty;


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A fool at forty; a very fascinating novel written by a free lance journalist, packed with thrills, laughter, humourous and educative
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Stephen, Felix N
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A Very Fascinating Novel written
by a Free Lance Journalist
packed with Thrills, Laughter,
Humourous and Educative.


F. N. Stephen


c o Eastern Bookshop,
60 Aggrey Road.
Port Harcourt.


3 Freetown Street,
Port Harcourt.

Price 2/-


Pronmoer of Novels, Eastern Region, Nigeria.

Anthony: The most awkward thing of the era.
That a man will give up all the time
of his business for following a small
wife to any place she would like to
go is something not very welcome.
It is very unpleasant and irresponsible.
I wond er if I can do that when l am
up to that age, in the first place, the
man is an illiterate ivho is strange to
modern ideas and in the second
place, he cannot withstand the logic
and insults of present day youths.
We shall all watch keenly what the
result of this seeming folly might
culminate into. I wish I could see one
of his grown up sons and advise him
to speak to his dad and suggest to
the old man that it would be improper
to get along in such a way as that.
(Fridcky a:, Gecf.jey coning in:)
Hello Friday and company, you are
both heartily welcome. I have been
ruminating over a certain topic that
has actually worried my mind.
Friday: You got yourself involved?
Anthony: Oh! no! dear it was over another
person's folly.
Friday: In any case, Anthony and Geofrey,
please know yourselves

Anthony: It is a pleasure to me to meet you
Geofrey: We anticipate a better acquaintance
Friday: Geofrey did not like to add Big, to
his' name just as his father did. His
father goes by Big Ezekiel.
Anthony: That's right. Your father is Big Ezekiel
I understand.
Geofrey: Yes really.
Authony: He must have had only a wife or two.
Perhaps your own mother and one
Geofrey: You don't mean it. He has up to
five wives. But it. puzzles everybody
why.he centres much attention on
Hannah. He follows her to any place
she goes.
Anthony: But Geofrey, in your own opinion, do
you not think it will affect his busi-
ness in a way?
Geofrey: He knows how he manages up.
Friday: What may be his purpose of going
along with that girl ?
Anthony: I could guess that it may be to prevent
Sher from getting into the hands 'of
the rough boys.
Friday: But then, how possible can that be.?

Not many people trust their wives these
days. I have even heard of a man who
was seriously disgraced because of con-
stantly checking his wife. It is not
advisable that a man should peep into
each and every small thing that he
sees in his family. However, it appears
I am going very far. I am not directly
concerned. But if I were to offer some
,piece of advice, I would say that it
is very improper for any person to get
along with a young wife in that way.
Anthony: Friday I see with you.
Geoirey: I also see with him. As much as I can
-see and tell, this present world does
not mix very well with the harshness
and force. Everybody tends to be gentle.
How then would it be that my father
may come across a youth talking to
that his small wife and perhaps on
challenging him as he is not all that
learned, will be disgraced. It actually
baffles my intelligence. It puzzles me
greatly. I am fed up with this type
of action. I realise that it is very
much unbecoming.
Friday: In any case Geo., it is good you try
to let your father know the risk to be
encountered in such a process.
Geofrey: I will do that really.

An~i;i:y: That. will be good of you.

Geof'ey: We are getting away now for some
ether place Goodbye. (Geofley and
Friday leave Anthony).
Some people make lovers so that in future
they might through such medium make up hus-
bands and wives in a home. Others there are
too, that fall in love so as to enjoy their ladies'
friends' romance and flattery.

Love is a universal thing. Birds and animals,
all make love. It really leads to many good
things, for people to be deeply in love.

Alice was a lady when she was come across
by George with whom she happily pulled along.
George was a young man who had less worries
or cares. Alice had always been his own girl
but -there happened to be a little disagreement
which she thought the man could oversight as
a result of the deep love existing between both
of them.

It has been said by many people, that love is
blind. But yet I very much wonder if this is
not a mistaken conception. These were the
words of Alice who had been thrown into a
state of melancholy because of the sudden disap-
pointment she got from her boy friend George.

The two lovers had been very friendly and
.'. seemed inseparable. But it happened that Geor-
:. ge later on realized that by clinging fast to Alice
who had no good hope for the future, he would 1
be led into such a very disastrous life ever to :'
be heard of in the history of mankind.
Love is a very strong chain which seems -
Sto handcuff two people. In such a state, .i
mistakes are forgiven or over-looked, hatred
has no chance of coming in and nothing but
joy adoration and flattery, occupy the days of
lovers. George had asked Alice for marriage
but she refused outright. Her reason was that
she would not like to be legally tied to any
man until she got up to the age of forty. It
was really ridiculous and exasperating. She had
made a mistake. A very big and regretable
mistake indeed. For, she had thought that she
would continue in her bloom and become'an
apple of the eye for ever. She forgot to rea-
lise the fact that each day adds more to a
person's age and that there would come to be
a day when she may be ignored by young
and fashionable youths whom she would eagerly
fight for but they, in reply, would only have
to maintain the words. Oh! do not mind the
hag. She is of our mother's age.

When George had decided to do away with -
her, he began to find faults, as usually the case
with many young men. The once thought of

angel seemed a mass of ugliness to George.
.The'charming eyes of Alice seemed to him as
Sone of the worst abuses ever to be encountered.
",Alice was languishing in pain while George'
-';.was running about in search of a wife. Un-
i fortunately for George, as his love for Alice had
. been very popular, almost every girl he con-
.tacted, referred him 'back to George. This
-,state of affairs embarrassed the young
suitor and after a very serious thought one
night, he took a decision to make- it plain to
everybody, that he had nothing more to do
With Alice. But how. would he be taken se-'
:.rious except he declared an open disagreement
With the lady who had persisted in befriending
Shim? It was a tough thing for him, but he
Slater on hit at a plan. He would write a letter
to her and that, he actually did. His first letter
My dear. Alice,
It has been my wish to join up in wedlock
with you. I must also not fail to let you know
that my love for you has not faded. But, I
feel quite amazed at your non-compliance to my
You realise that we had stayed together in
dry and wet seasons. We had kissed, joked and
romanced. Your -love has actually caught hold
of me. Your fascinating beauty has oveshradowed
my criticism of you. .But, I am very sorry to
inform you that at this rate, I cannot easily

:.pray for a lady who would only love me
and refuse eternal partnership. With tears in
my eyes, I write this .missive to you. With
a heavy heart have I written this letter;. I
am only out to watch, your reaction towards
this decision I shall by this letter take. "That
this -is, in short, I no longer want your -
childish or pretended love. And, -as from the
-moment of writing this letter, I inform you
that you are no longer mine. I know that
without your love, shall not die. I have
been existing,- ere' I knew you. So, please, good-bye.
Yours Sincerely,
On reading this letter from George, Alice
fainted. She least expected such a blow in her life.
That a man she had so loved, would suddenly
give up his own love was something that baffled
her' intelligence. ,She had thought that since love
is blind, her boy friend 'would not see his
impending doom of lavishing all his resources
on a girl whom hie would not marry.

Her friends rushed to the spot. People seemed
to guess why she had fainted. Some suggested
that she must had been suffering from some fit, yet
unknown by many. Others thought that she might
have lost a very close and dear relation of hers
and the message threw her down in that way.

Alice had not lost anybody but had been intima-
ted of the bold decision taken by George her friend.

: She regained consciousness after some minutes.
.When asked by many people who surrounded
i her sympathising over the unexpected misfor-
tune she had met, she said "I could not help
fainting." I wish I could have even died and
Left the world vacant for another who is fit.
My love for, George was foiled. I was en-
tirely befooled. He wrote me a letter, disown-
ing me forever. What next shall I do?"

George's plan had come through. For,
many people had come to know that he had
disowned Alice. It was then the time for other
interested girls to try their own luck. They
might succeed provided they would agree to
marry him.- But it was not a very easy thing
Alice had decided to be a stumbling block on
_ the way of any of them. However, she con-
sidered it unnecessary afterwards, to get on
with such worriness and so desisted from
doing so. But she only wrote George a letter
,which actually replied the man in his own
words. Contents of the letter read.

My dear George,
Your letter came to me as a big surprise.
At any rate, I very much accept the challenge
you have thrown. It is not my intention to
raise any controversy with you. The treatment
you have given to me is very much unwarran-
ted. I must assure you that I do not like it and
I also know that your conscience is seriously

Blaming you for it .

:. All I have. to tell you is that as far as'
Syou, have taken such a decision as that, I am,',
S-not in the least worried. If you are one of -
the existing men on earth, perhaps, if not for
Your contact, I could not have known. I do.:
not regret your leaving me. I do not even
Desire to have such as you anymore. Let life .:
Sbe what it likes, I must brave it without loo-
king behind. Good-bye. Wishing you all the
best in your plan. This you receive, is a sign
: 'of my good culture.
I am,
As soon as she finished writing the letter to
George, she got a letter from a messenger who -
told her that he had been sent by a young-
man who would like to know her intentions
through the immediate r e p 1 y of that letter.
The letter read:-

My dear Alice,
I understand lately that you had s o me
misunderstanding with your boy friend on the
question of marriage. Yes, I also fell victim-to
,that very affair, with the effect that my girl
has now left me after our hot exchange of
letters. I could realise that both of us ,seem
ro have the same taste and towards that there-
fore, I have the pleasure of asking you to be a


friend of mine. A true friend. I am not used to
:failing friends and of course, many people
?you ask of me from, will certainly tell you
;I am a real lover.
i:,.I shall be very pleased to have your reply
;through bearer, stating exactly the time and place
we have got to meet and- discuss affairs face to face.
It is my intention to give hanniness its true

It* is iteniono ri---t--e----
meaning and damn disappointment. If you can
Only promise that you will not fail me, I will also
do so to you. Life will be a pleasure to both
of us. Till I hear from you.
Yours Sincerely,


Big Ezekiel:
Big. Ezekiel:

: Hannah: '

Hannah! Hannah! Come here quick
Master, she is not in.
Chei! Chei A don loss. Dis my small
wife, small boys no .go green mek she
rest. Dem want team from me.
Servant, come mek we go findam at
once, A no trust boys of now-a-days
and the girls too. (As he was about
to go out, Hannah came in) Which
side you go since ?
It is terrible that a man, of your. own
age will continue to worry a girl of


my type all the time. If I move from
here to there, you will be very desirous
S, of knowing for what purpose I have
done so.

Big Ezekiel: Why Ano go do so ? Not my money
Atek marry you? Any person help me
to go get the money ? Shut up at once!

Hannah: A very rude and wonderful old man.

Big Ezekiel: Why A no go rude? If you no know
sey Abe wonderful man, you no know
sey na mistake ? Big man like. me wey
don do very many strong things. All
my senior wives dey give me respect
na only you wey no know sey A be man.

Hannah: At any rate Biggy, I am getting ready
to go to the market.

Big Ezekiel:'Alright, ready mek we go. A think
A tell you sey, any where you dey go
A go follow you.

Hannah: I hope that you will follow me from
spot to spot and up to where I will
purchase the smallest thing I would.

Big Ezekiel: Yes, A say yes, Anywhere. Even if
you dey go small house, A go
follow. If you dey go any place at

:"....: all A go follow you. Boys of today
.no get respect. If na de time wey"
-we be small boys, we no dey follow
: another man's wife but for una own
case, the thing no dey so now.

Hannah: Alright, let us go.
S (Both of them go to the market.)


.Native Doctor: These days, I do not seem to
S rest for quite .an hour before
young men and women rush
in to me askiAg for love charms.
I think that the best thing I
would do is to print a very
big notice welcoming all those
-who have come for that. I
shall advertise myself as an
unrivalled specialist. That will
surely attract more of them and
my pocket will grow big g e r
with cash.
[A tap at the door)

Please go and welcome some-
body who is presently tapping
at' the door.

Sampson: Who is that ?



SJoana: Joana. .:"
,s ,'.'," ...l : ,
Sampson? 'Come fight -inside.
i -, ** "'V /* "
'. Joana: :Is the fctoy very ausy? I want to see him.
, S. dm : k- .
tSamLon: L~itake yqu.to him.i
N. Dr.: Welcome.-
Joana: Thank you. (Sampspn leaves). il.
S -I have come. to you for ,.a certain thing.

N. Dr.: KYes, may I know it? ;

:Joanai P'1have' a boy friend:,-whom. I want
'"' be solely for me -I. .want him to
hate the other girl he is now in love
with... -i -
(N, Dr.: 'Is that all? r. nr :, : .<

Joana: Yes;- if you can do cit...
... -
N. Dr.: That is why. I have asked you if
it. is the only thing. I have .helped
ery many boys and. girls and your
own..'case might 'not be an .exception.
T-This SJ' nmy 7.: years experience in
occultism. I have travelled to very many
.places ,and now I:wish to settledown aid
;' -elp many people _who are' .now suffering.o
'i' L'et me first of all consult my oracle.


Joana: Ofcourse, I know that it would not
take you much time to do so.
N.Dr.: I have already done it and it now
remains for me to tell you how much
you have got to produce and what
things to bring for the preparation of
an efficacious charm.

Joana: I am prepared for what you may
charge and that is, provided you will
do the charm in a very efficacious
way. For, I know that whatever it
costs me now, must be regained from
the young man that I want to be
in love with.

N. Dr.: A pair of white doves, one vir-
Sgin pin, one bottle Bint El Sudan
perfume, one half penny, one penny,
one three pence, one six pence and
one shilling. One white piece of cloth
and one cock.

Joana. As I want this business urgent, I
cannot possibly go to the market for
all these. Can I get them from you
and at what cost?
N. Dr. They are quite available. The cost
is ten shillings and half penny.

Joana: Herewith the money.. Carry on the
operation at once please.
N. Dr.: The hand bell I have jingled is for the.
spirit incharge of this particular section
of my business to come out and he is '
here already. For I have heard a noise
under the bed. Don't you hear any?
Joana: I do. It is like the noise mad e by
somebody talking through the nose.
N. Dr.: You are correct. That is my master
spirit. Now my never failing spirit, tell
me to the hearing of this suffering
lady, will you be able to bless this
medicine which I am now preparing
for her or would you like to give her
instructions directly ?
Spirit: 'It is most unfortunate that I am-meant
to be invisible, otherwise, I could have
appeared fully to this lad y and she
could have realized that I can do some-
thing. 'n any case, this is the instruction.
The money pieces should be tied to-
gether in a piece of white cloth, the
blood of the cock which head should be
bitten off with the teeth should be drop-
ped on the cloth and the name of the
young.man mentioned three times with
the wish, "Love me and hate the other
lady". The name of the lady should
be mentioned three times with the

wish, "Love me and hate the other lady.'
The name of the lady should be mentioned
three times with the command, "Hate that
man at once". Total. amount of money
to be collected from .this lady, is two
-pounds five shillings right now. Good-bye.
Joana: What about the perfume and the pin ?
N. Dr.: That is my own section of the work
The perfume will be poured on the parcel
and the virgin pin will be pierced -into
it and all these will be thrown into the
water. If the charm does not work, come
back for your money.
Joana: Have your money please. I hope that is all ?
N. Dr.: Yes that is all really. I am not afraid
of whatever charm I have prepared. I am
sure that' as a result of the efficacy of
this charm, you may even recommend
more customers to me.
Joana: Alright Good-bye (Joana leaves)


As Jane, a -professional prostitute sat down
in her own section of the lodging house in an
hotel, Victoria went in and conversed with her.
SThey based their conversation on how men should
be cheated. Victoria who is of the same profession
with Jane, after conversing and smiling for a while
suddenly burst into laughter and said, "Married or

no married, I am still what I am. It does
not mostly .depend on the question cf 'mar-
'iage. I have seen, heard of and experienced
marriage failure. This is partly from the men.
Some months after the marriage. they adore
their wives but later on, they forget all
about the counting days of theirs, begin to
.run after women like mad dogs. So it is,
that he may no longer care well for the
wife but would like to look- after and satisfy
the needs of the other lady who is not his
wife. I had two children with my first hus-
band from whose house I went away and
started this interesting and paying career".
After a short time, Jane began "A harlot's
life is very strange, tedious and a bit dangerous.
We harlots, are like lost people. Some wicked
men who still practice burying people with
others' heads, invite us and promise to pay,
a considerably large sum of money. Out of
greediness, we go, they kill us and use our
heads for the wicked practice.

"It does not even end there. On the
other hind, we are like applicants. We look
for job and that is, struggling to see that
-some men come to us daily inorder to enable
us pay the heavy hotel bill. The best form
of harlotism, is .to go to a town, rent a rcom,
advertise by moving round the streets of the town
in the day and- ofcourse in the most recent
fashion. In the night, people will surely come.

This is my sixth year in harlotism. Since these
years, I have been encountering very many
strange men and things.
The good men who come tbus, put surplus
money in the pocket. By then you must realise
that our bread is buttered. For,'while the man
is fast asleep in the. night, it will be very easy
to get up,. search his pocket and after removing
his money, you carefully store it in your box
or take it outside with much secrecy.
"After the operation of this get rich quick
method, you pretend as if you are very much
in sympathy with the man. He will not do any-
thing there. For, his carelesness has -enriched
another person. This method is often good when
dealing with some traders who are ready to tra-
vel to another town to purchase .merchandise.
They may have some hundreds of red notes and
perhaps after taking heavy drink of alcohol, may
feel like sleeping with any of us till it is about
four or five o'clock in the morning when they
may get a lorry to travel with.

"Again some men are so wicked that after
visiting us, they watch f3r an oppor t u ni t.y,
preferably when the lady will not be in, break
into the room and remove both money and
"But Icannot come to tell you that because
of' the inconveniences in this type of life, I

would like to be a married woman. No. That
is the last thing I would do in my life. It was
at that time that Victoria said "One of my
customers told me last night that a lady has
abandoned her boy friend because he refused
to give her a very firm and specific marriage
promise. But, that is not a good idea.. It was
very stupid of her. Perhaps she cannot meet
up with the challenge of the day. She therefore
prefers a life of ease and comfort to daily
struggles. It is only by being a house-wife
that she will be at rest and that is a fit
place for a lazy woman or any woman who
does not want to face the strain of an inde-
pendent life.

It has also beenstid that a boy is quite
ready to do away .with a lady who has refused
giving him a definite marriage promise, lufact,
the direct opposite of the former". "But Jane"
sished Victoria, "'We shall be looking at' these
people. We shall see their end. They feel that
we are foolish. We shall show them that an
independent life cannot be rivalled. Good-bye."
"Good-bye Vic. Thank you".


The wave of prostitution has swept badly
across some countries who earlier knew nothing
about this type carnal trade.

This business has ruined many young men
and women. It has demoralised many children
and has introduced and spread various' types
of general diseases in many countries.

Some people have raised alarm against the
detested business but yet, yearly there is a
large influx of young women from the villages
to the towns. Some of them have really de-
serted their husbands simply because they had
seen how rich their fellow ladies who left
them for the town turned when they returned.
However lucrative, prostitution does not have
the entire support of many good citizens.

In one of the apartments of an old and
abandoned house, one evening, was Raymond,
a tall, slender ebony black and bow legged
young man. He had been offended by his girl
friend, Mary who after a long period of friend-
ship with Raymond had decided to get set-
tled. For, Mary had requested Raymond to mar-
ry her but Raymcnd had been giving lame
excuses which made the lady feel. that such a
dilly dally should be checked up at once and
the man's intention declared so that she would
determine her own stand.

Towards this, she wrote a letter to Ray-
mond, contents of which read:

My dear Raymond,
For quite. a long time now, you will appre-
ciate that we had been very friendly. My love
does not easily fade. Whomever I have chosen
as my lover, I have. It is a pity that while
most of your mates are struggling to get settled
in life, you do not seem to have such an idea
of that nature at all. You realise that all these
youthful follies of ours must pass away and be,
regretted in future if nothing is done now to aume-
-liorate the situation of things.
"I must be frank to you. I have never regretted
niy love for you but now, both my parents and
brothers are urging me to get married. Again, they
have asked me to take my own choice. My choice
could have been you and you only. But now
I seem -to be giving the affair another consi-
deration altogether. You will only in your
-own best interest, go to another lady whom
you could fool. till dooms day. As for me
.1 am going out to hunt for a most suitable
suitor who is at the moment, in the same posi-
tion with me. Take it from me now, not ofcourse
as rudeness but as a necessity, that on the
receipt of this letter, you should be aware
'of the fact that we have parted at once.
I wish you luck in your roaming life
which I shall no longer do. Please forget all
about me as from now. For, if you do not,
you are heavily punishing yourself.
Yours Once Friendly,

After a deep thought, Raymond expressed "In
all conditions of this life. In all that a man or
Woman would do. It is my full belief that what
is mine is 'mine. Enemies may try their best.
: Opposes might be even more .aggressive. But, I
Still would have no fear since I know that no
living being can alter the plan of the Creator.
SMary may go. Afterwards, she is not the most beauti-
ful lady on earth. She is just one, out of
the thousands. I shall only go round and
look for another. It will be a disgrace for me
_.to say that I am marrying Mary when I have
not even got a penny. Women never think
that a man remains without money. In this
respect, they are terribly deceived. The dowry
is very high. For a youngman of my own type
to afford two hundred pounds now for a wife, is
something I cannot just do. It is funny. Some
people thiak that I do not feel to marry now.
Fhey do not know what is behind the whole
thing. It is the money and nothing but the
money that handicaps me. Mary could go. While
she is out hunting for another, I will also be
.out chasing another even more beautiful.
No more! My heart'would break no more. At
any rate, it is my intention to write a letter to her
telling her all that I feel. She might say that
she has deal[ well with me but I must show
her that I still have many chances. I am sure that
this letter of mine will be a suitable challenge
to her unkind and unfair treatment of 'me.
(Contents of the letter read.)

My 'dear Mary,
Your full determination to leave me at this.
time when our love had actually grown deep is
one of the most astonishing things I have ever
come across in my life. I am sure that justice
and fair play should work hand in hand to accom-
plish the real meaning of "LOVE". Perhaps, another
lady will agree with me that love is blind. It does
not seem that you actually gave your. heart to
me. From what you wrote in your letter, I could
presume that you had only deceived me and
I had fallen victim to your evil intentions.
You may feel that I am writing to you in
the most bitter terms. You may also feel that
my love for you is gone. I wish to make it crystal
clear that I equally, do not care for you anymore.
I shall only trust fate. Your dealing with me has
actually demonstrated to me, a living example of
a nefarious" lady who has only befriended a man
inorder to achieve her own ends and then escape.
Somebody else might have deceived you that he
would care for you very well when both' of you
might -have tasted matrimony. But you should
please realise that when love "seems to have
been going very smoothly without any fracas
or misunderstanding, it is often short-lived. My
innocence in this affair is as clear as daylight.
You talk of marriage. I do not want to
remain a bachelor until I die. You remember
that you had actually absorbed me until I have
not a brass farthing to pay to your people. -If
I elope with you, I might take the law into

my own hands and that, I do not wish to do.
In conclusion, I must tell you that I accept
-your decision and equally bid you good-bye. I
--look forwards to when you will send for your
pictures as if I continue seeing them, the memory
,of you which I wish to delete in toto from
my mind, may still have a little place. I am
fully prepared to come or infact, send for
mine, at your own request as a positive sign
of no further affection.
Yours formerly in love,

Okon: And yet another surprise for a young
man. The girl I loved very dearly has
now. tried to bid me good-bye. What
next should I do? I know that she is
very beautiful. She is quite charming
and presentable. Some people think that
she is my sister. What will I have to do
to regain her full love once more ?
MdA messenger comes in).
Yes my dear friend. What can I do for you?
Messen: This is a letter from Joana. Good-bye sir,
(The letter leads)
My dear Okon, -
Although it seems a bit out of the way
in our own town here now for women to write

to men requesting their attention for love ;
making purposes, -yet, I must not fail to put'j
it crystal clear to you that I love you. The'.
first day we met, I know that I could I
have drawn your attention but for the fact
that you were along with the other lady.
- Notwithstanding, I must ask you to give this
suggestion of mine, a serious consideration
and if possible, you could still test my sincerity.

I aim,
Yours affectionately,

Okon: .This is puzzling. A girl I love very
well wants to leave .me and another
girl who loves me very well waCnts -me.
It is now the question of sing my
commonsense. I cannot just jump into
things like that. Hey! who is that fellow
coming again

Messenger: This is a letter from my mistress?
Good bye sir!

Okon: From whom again this time has this
come. These girls would not allow me
have any rest. They worry me much.
Here is another letter which "reads:

My dear Okon,
It view of what I discussed with

you last time, I hereby confirm it in
White and black that I shall not go
back at all from it. I am just now
making serious preparations to accept
another boy friend who is now waiting
to hear from me. You have tried your
best but the contemptous way in which
I was treated by you last time has
not gon; away from my mind. When
ever I remember it, I feel very much
worried and such an ulcer which it
has established in my mind must have
to be 'retaliated by bidding you adieu.
It is not my way to come and hold
any type of fracas with a boy friend
Before leaving him but commonsense and
future will determine Good -bye,
It is now my own turn to write. I shall
fight to a finish with this very lady since
she has opened fire. (A Messenger comes
in) Yes what is it again. I know
that the day is mostly for letters.
Messen: A letter from "my master.
Okon: Oho! my junior brother. Alright.
Messen: Good bye sir.
This is the most wonderful of all the
v letters I have received. It reads:
My dear brother,
It is most unfortunate that up till this age you
_ are still ignorant of what is called, "self control"

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News has reached us that girls are strug-
gling and meeting native doctors for your sake.
Again, -it is said that you are living such a
reckless life that you are not sure of keeping
any half-penny in the house as a result of
your constant chase after women. This is in the
main, embarrassing and discouraging. Personal-
ly, I had thought that-you would now be
responsible but much to my surprise, you seem
to have failed the entire family.
Your mates at home have now all got
married and it will not help you to keep on
harloting like that at the detriment of your
own existence.
If you would like this fraternal piece of
advice, alright, if not, well I cannot do otherwise.
Keep fit,
Yours fraternally,
Fred rick. -
Well, I cannot take all these people se-
rious yet..They do not yet know a bit of what
I am suffering and except I write a very
serious l tter to them, they would not realise
what is what. Meanwhile, I shall concentrate
upon Arit's letter. I believe this reply 1
have given to her. will surely storm her.
As for the other ladyJoa.na, who has written
to me, well I could still manage her. Expe-
rience has shown that some girls would only
like 'to love a man for his money and nothing
else. At -any rate, Messenger -L

Messen.: Sir
Okon:. Please take this to Arit, right now.
Messen.: I will do .that now sir.
(Messenger leaves)
Okon: I'shall treat all these things gently. If a per-
son hurries over vital issues, he is never corr-
ect. He may have to blame himself in the end.
My memory is now congested and I must
have to retire and take a short rest
before doing any other thing.


Geofrey: Papa, welcome sir. I understood you went
to the market in the company of Hannah
your. small wife.
Big Ezek.: Yes my son. Dis my wife.worry me plenty
plenty. In the market, she dey salute
many boys. Dem dey come play witham.
A vex too much when one of dem come
askam, "Dis na your papa"? A tell de
boy, "Go away at once". People de worry
me too much for her but ago teach dem
sense. One day me and one of dem go
put leg for one trouser. And you before
dis time, A been want see you. Mek we
try de watch for me any person' wey go
come worry dis girl.
Geofrey: Thank you sir. This is very near to what
I have come to meet you for. I have
been instructed by friends to tell you that

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to -follow that lady up and down is -
Snot a good idea. ;t is a let down to
-; your own person. A-big 'disgrace in- '-
.- deed. If I: were you I would stip
doing so.;: :- "
--Big Ezekiel: My Son,-dat one no concern me.
S' Your friend or no friend tell you dis6
or dat no concern me. at all. Mekyou.
:-; .-: no worry yourself for de ting .people ,
dey. talk. Me, A be old man. Big Eze-
..-kiel no be small boy if not A no for.s
; answer Big. You see any other man -:
.--.. here.wey dey answer Big? -
SGeofrey: You are big. really. That is why .we
;.. .: want. you to prove to people that ,.
S you are actually big and not only by '
Big: Ezkiel: If dat one be de only idea way
.' you go give me, mek you no worry
*: 'yourself anymore. Now now sef, she
want go draw water, A go follwerm
S go. Mek A look if she don ready.
S' Hannah! Time don reach for de water:.
If so come now.
SHannah:' Mek we go now.
Big Ezekiel: Quick quick so dat we go return.
S'in time.
(All of them leave)

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1. A -It is a .pity that since I wrote a letter
0., .to .Okon .I have n ot got the reply .
'',... Perhaps he is not interestedd in me too
S as' I have clearly ytoldhiin that I no':
longer require' his love and company..:
S (Messenger comes in) .
-. .Yes, please from whom ?
SMessen.: From my .master Okon. Good bye.'
.'But I am very sorry for .this young
man that I wish to leave in this way.
However,.I cannot tell if there is a type
,-of magic charm working such wonders
as this but -in any case let me know
his intentions. He may be begging me.
Let me see. His letter reads.

.My dear Arit, ,
Within many years of my own existence.
i ...I have been seeing and dealing with ladies,
:particularly, those who are higher than your
:own -very self. You realise very well that. I am.
Stood superior to deal with riff raffs and if you
:thus classify yourself as one .of them through this
S:.type of unwarranted attitude-of yours, I shall not in
-'the least be worried. Even though I am more ugly.
thann a mummy, I do.not think that I can easily
Sgo to prostrate before a lady. Love is no compul-.
sion. It is a thing that goes at will. If you do not think
me fit, %you may get along to another until ,that
'one also rejects you and you begin to beg your.

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-old acquaintance. People bear .-death, how'much .
less a mere -separation of two people .whom
,.only likeness has brought. together. -Take .it
..from me- that I have accepted -your letter in
-"good faith ahd will have nothing to. regret.
: Okon..
-':: This is terrible. Some men are stone hearttd.
'.I thought that my threat could have humiliated .
:Okii but now I find out that all about me "
:-..has been erased from his mind. I am the cause
of it and I have to brave it.
.: .: (A tap at the door).
SWhat is that .
;- Rose: .Rose please.
At Arit: .Come in Rose. .
Rose: Seems as if you are not in a good humour,
SArit: I have out of misdirected conception deceiv
ed myself in such a way that has caused *
me a big loss. .My only boy -friend
upon whom I depend for maintenance and ::
other things has been lost. I threatened
him. fle replied in drastic terms. I
S thought he would beg but. he rather
sacked me and I believe that he must .
have now been in for another. :
Rose: Have you ever not experienced this type :.
of .thing ?
Arit: have never, never in my life, my dear.;.
,-: : :: Rose. '
Rose: Some men hate threat. Some of them
do not tolerate. I tell victim to this'-

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S :type of condition o times ago Sce
:-then -I have learn t ot to jok Wit any
boy friend of nine again. -Some of them-
do not.like harsh jokes while others: -:
.I.' : like 'to be quarreled with and scolded
;: : '. all the time..
SArit: I must nowbe all out for a new venture.
SRose: Why not beg him?
Arit: I first threatened him "and as serious
as he is, I know that he cannot agree.
'> Rose: .Well Arit, I would like to go away.
.:. I felt like visiting yo-u. Good bye.
Arit: Thank you. .
:Dik: Ben, this man they call Big Ezekiel
has been worrying many young men.
He does not let his youngest wife go
out alone. I struck an arrangement.
with the girl last time but before I
went to the place to get her round.
Big Ezekiel was there with her,
Ben: I mean, you seem to be talking much.
No need for all that, the man has
even worried me before. The only thing
for us to do is to waylay him and. next
Time he will not follow the girl again.
(Sh! Quiet! Here they come!)
,Hellow Hannah are youfrom the stream?
Hannah: Yes my-dear, how.are you?
:.Big Ezekiel: why you dey ask my wife like dat ?



.. .Na me and you get her? ?
SBen: Look care 'Mr. man,. respect yourself :
:, at once; .otherwise, you get what you
-, :do not .want. .
.Big Ezekiel :Wh! y you go talk like dat? 'who
.. are you? you no know say A be Big <
-Ezekiel? your papa dey answer Big"
like myself ?
Dick:. Will you shut up your mouth at once? :
This is the second warning. The third :
:might be physical.
Big Ezekiel: You tell me shut up? Big Eze-.
kiel shut up? :
. Ben:: :Register it direct.
S (Dick registers a slap-on the cheeck
o: of Big Ezekiel. A struggle ensued. .
Dick and Ben beat Ezekiel very well
up to fainting point and left him.
T: hey took his wife from him and ran
::"away with her).
'Dick: Weting A tell you?

:. Ben:

1 .

Bow we don try. Lady kiss me.
I .kiss you with every sincerity.
(After a satisfactory and pleasurable
stay with them she left).

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LAnthoniy: Welcome, GGeofirey. What news am
I hearing about your dad ? Did. you" '.
neglect our .advice :on that day
'Geofrey: He rather :neglected 'mine. I. have
jusi returned from carrying him home. :
S"- -He was well beaten by ruffians, infact :
up to fainting point. There is no doubt,';
,:. that they .might have done that
inorder to take away 'his wife from him.
That they actually did. She came home
to tell us cock and bull stories. She is
i' n now. Pa has got up and has taken
a vow not to go out with any of his
: wives- again. .
iAnthony: Well Geofrey, I strongly believe in exp-
erience. Where a person does not 'like
to take to the pieces of advice being
i given to him, I hope. that he will
doubtlessly face the result and learn
: I more from that. Many people have come
-to realise this.
;fFriday: While I pity your father for the inconv-
eniences he might have encountered as
S'' a result of his frequent following of that
Shis small wife, I must not fail to sug-
gest to you, the son to advice him once
more not to .keep on checking the
S- girl. If not, what might have just taken
.- .place would be a small thing in: com--
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;. -parison with the .eventual outcome...: But I
: '.' God forbid.. Let us hope that he will "
;: take to your -.words. .
-'Geofrey: I thank you very much for "your. ad-
vic' I must have to .tell bim Where t
.: ...he pleases .alright. Where not, then I -
- .:.,:, -, will know that I have done my very-.
Friday: Alright Anthony, we are leaving you.--;
Anthony: Geofrey, I am sorry indeed. Good bye :"
S'. (Friday and Geofrey lea.ve).
(A tap at the door). *
Okon: .Come in. -
Joana: Good day Okon. Did you get my letter?
SOkon: Yes I did and I have. given a reply: to.
:- it but still waiting to have it despatched ;
; -. -.. through the messenger who would soon .
come. You are lucky. Here. it is. You
may read it.
Joana: Your letter, reads.
My dear Joana,
This gesture you have thus demonstrated .is
of a very significant importance. I have actually
accepted you as' my own girl friend and I am .
sure that nothing but death which is a natural
Thing .may only' be our parting factor. :
a.My room has been declared free for your
Stay as from date. I must let you know first of'

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ll that I hate childish jokes threats. I tke many
. things serious and if you understand me,- there
.' is no doubt that we shall make. too very happy .
-,examplary' partners'. :I do not have much to write
. but please use your discretion in all 'dther mat-
i ters relating to our. love. .:::. :: .:
Joana: I thank you very much Okon.,. For my
Part, I am fully. prepared to' love you -
and I am sure ihat you will do so to
: me. Let all other men go with their
money and beauty. Okon is mine and I
must be his.
";'Okonii. You have well said this. 1. had a lady
'. friend who tried to meddle with me. I
:gave her a boot. Thanks be to the Creator
S that I have given you my fundamental .
laws. Let all things be so. And now, let
us seal our love 'with a memorable kiss.
Mary had not finished reading Raymond's letter
when she received .a letter brought by a mes-
'senger from 'George. On opening it, she was-
.interested in .the contents -which read:
: My dear Mary,
SI have heard exactly the cause ..of the
S:.controversy which arose between you and
-.Raymond .your lover. I must assure you that
I also fell. victim to such a dispute but ofcourse
: insisting firmly on the side that. you have taken.

.I did not do any other thing to her and Heavens
could even hear me -witness to it.'
Should-you; agree with me. to get along that
;way which your ..former lover refused, I -would be
very grateful and (fortunately for me, it is -the "
very path I wish to tread. I hope- to hear. from'',',
you, very sobn. Please let me know where and at what /
i:. me we shall have to meet.. .
Yours sincerely, "
.. .George. :.
SAfter reading ,the letter, Mary told the'
: messenger to inform George, that they would be
meeting on Tuesday. evening at 5 o'clock in the
.evening at Amala Park. When the messenger left,
Mary- said ":How I wish it was in those days- when
Raymond had not gone off his senses. It was there,
we usually met and -'that was why I gave the
appointment to be there".
S"If this man is actually sincere, I shall marry
him but if not I shall also bid him adieu, .exactly
as I did to Raymond. When you handle men in
this way, then, they regard you, but if not, they
treat the person as a goat". Alice had also told
th -messenger to inform Raymond that: they would
meet on Tuesday at 5 o'clock in the evening at -
Amala Park. .
SWhen the messenger left, she said "Oh! under
the bright moon-light at Amala Park where George
would always hold me tight and give me a dozen
Kisses and an unsurmountable romance. He was
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.usually gentle and calm.
He was not all that very hot or very cold. But
,.', now, if this man, Raymond, would .e Iall that
'sincere, I would pot mind forgetting the .past and
f.. ce only. the present; At. thee ame time, I must
Also have to say .that where by any type' of mi-
racle, we come together 'again, our. happiness will
.be much more than what it had been in those
.George: It is now 5 p.m. Where is Mary? (Alice
.Alice: Oh!. why can this Raymond not keep
to time. Where thenis he? (Raymond comes)
i. Raymond: Are you already here, Alice ? -.
.'George: Welcome youngman. ,
Raymond:Hellow dear!
SAlice:. -Welcome Raymond (Mary comes)
SRaymond:Welcome Mary once more to you Alice.
q George: -Welcome Mary.
:Alice: .It has now come to a very complicated
part of the matter.
SMary: It is really wonderful. Can this start
be a good one atall?
Raymond:I am puzzled.
George: It is strange.

S (After five minutes silence by al). ,"
I.: -I am now, quite bold to afford .-to
: break the silence.. As from this 'day,' |
'; :.I have .again accepted my Alice since
we have through .a type of mystery .
come together: once more.
Raymond:I must not hesitate to do so too.
Mary, I have also taken you back once
more. Let us 'forget the .past. .We
should only face the future and have
our differences just now, well resolved.-
Alice: I did not know that we should have.
come together after such a very ,hot
exchange of letters and, passing .of Y
S -resolutions, strange ones too.
Mary: I am very grateful -to. whatever:. force
that might have -brought all of us
together in this way. We. shall by
the Grace of Grace get along happily
and there would be no'more trouble.
Raymond: Alice, Iknow that you might have
come here because 'of me but you
could now see the exact position.
Mary is mine and I would like to :
go with her. So, good -bye.
(Raymond and Mary leave the Park).
George: Well Alice, I do not know what to
-say again but let us only forget the'',
past and face the present.

':: :-WISE ..SAYINGS.: .

1 All lizards have their belly flat the ground
Sno body knows the one that is suffering .
a from bellyache .

'.; 2. A poor .man has no friend. ,

:3, Any person who is afraid of war and would
;:i only like peace, let him .first of all get
-: ready for war.

: Boasters do little or nothing. :'

5.. The' thief has all the -days ashis but one .a.
:-:. day the house owner will have the day as his.

i6. In a town where everybody is a leader,
.there will be no: peace.

; 7. What.. sensible men see and *keep. quiet,
':'. when fools see it they laugh out their ribs.

.,8. Better not start than giving up in the
S middle of a thirig..

:: ;9. Nothing venture, nothing have.
': 10. Unipn works wonders.

S11: A hopeless son is a shame to his parents.
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