young Biafra, of brave, loyal soldiers and dutiful girls united in a hopeless and yet ennobling national struggle.
Moreover, through her heroic act Gladys reasserts the integrity she appeared to
have lost, but does so by becoming once again unambiguously feminine. Her
death ﬁxes her in the time-honoured attitude for women of self-sacriﬁce.
Indeed, across the course of the short story Gladys carries both the positive
and the negative connotations of women’s action in service of the postcolonial
nation-in-formation – of nationalconﬂict as glorious, for a brief time