2/21: Imagery: The people in the homestead are compared to prisoners. They are "the inmates of [Maiguru's] house" (153). They are under the rule of Babamukuru, and not free to do anything or leave the house without his permission. The image is a bird in a cage because Maiguru is compared to a bird. She should be able to have authority in the house, as she is a respensible , educated adult, but she is subdued and caged in her own prison of a home.