Sidi passes the school and Lakunle rushes out to speak to her. He reprimands her for carrying water on her head and flip flops from wooing her one moment, to insulting her the next. The reader learns that Sidi is not opposed to marrying Lakunle, but the fact that he refuses to pay her bride price annoys her. Lakunle refuses to pay the bride price because he believes that it is a primitive practice. The villagers, who believe Lakunle is mad, rush to tell Sidi that the strangers have brought the book. She learns that she is the star, and that Baroka was given only a small part. The villagers re-enact that first encounter with the stranger, with Lakunle accepting the role of the stranger. He does so unwillingly, at first, then with zeal. Baroka interrupts the re-enactment, then the audience learns of his intention to marry Sidi.
Sidi walks, engrossed in her picture in the magazine, while being followed by Lakunle. Sadiku approaches them and tells Sidi that Baroka wants her to become one of his wives. She refuses the privilege based on Baruka's age, and the fact that she believes that he is jealous of her fame. Sidi believes that Baroka wants to marry her in order to own her and triumph over her. Lakenle agrees with her assessment and Saduka believes that Lakenle's madness has transferred to Sidi. She then invites Sidi to a small feast, or supper, but Sidi refuses this invitation as well. She does so on the basis of the unfavourable rumours that surround 'Baruka's suppers'. Every woman who has supper with Baruka ends up being a wife or a prostitute. We then find out, from Lakunle, why Baruka is referred to as the fox. He deviously prevented a railway from running through the town by bribing the officials in charge. Saduka interrupts Baruka's armpit plucking session, with his favourite wife, with Sidi's rejection. He reacts by going from shocked, to defensive, to resigned. He tells Saduka to keep his defeat a secret between them.
Sadiku dances around a tree, celebrating the fact that the lion, Baruka, is defeated. She shares the secret of Baruka's defeat, at the hands of a woman, and they both rejoice. Lakunle enters and is also made aware of the lion's demise. Sidi wants to flaunt herself before the lion and mock him, but Sadiku warns her of his cunning and Lakunle warns her of his savagery. Sidi ignores the warnings and runs off to mock the lion, and Lakunle is left with Sadiku, who makes derisive comments to him. Sidi enters Baroka's home, but there are no servants to greet her. She enters the lion's bedroom, where he is wrestling with a gentleman. A verbal dance occurs between the two wrestlers, with both of them winniing and losing at different points. After Baroka wins his wrestling match, he turns his attention to Sidi and starts to beat her at the verbal game that she initiates. Baroka tells Sidi that he will place her face on a stamp, and relentlessly enlightens her about the advantages of the young learning from the old. She later returns to Lakunle and Sadiku and reports her failed attempt at mocking the lion, as well as her lost virginity. Lakunle offers to marry Sidi, despite the loss of her valuable virginity, but refuses to pay the bride price. She laughs at Lakunle's offer and chooses Baruka, the lion.
Power and authority
Women in society
Culture vs. progress
Old versus young
This play is one that contains political intrigue and drama. It opens with a group of commoners celebrating Julius Caesar's triumphant return to Rome. This is met with scorn by some Tribunes, who tell them to leave the area. This is the premise to scenes that reveal an ambitious Caesar who is beloved by Roman citizens, but is the envy of many of his friends. It is this envy that leads a group of conspirators, one of them being his best friend, to plot and execute his murder. This is followed by scenes of war, all...
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