Think what it must mean to a woman: Her future husband and her father meeting to discuss the lowest price for which she can be bought. And later, when the women of the village gather, they boast of what their husbands paid for them - three cows, or five. How does she feel, the woman who was sold for one or two? This could not happen to my Mahana.
Johnny, I've misjudged you. I thought you were thinking only of how important you would look to your friends, paying 8 cows for a wife. I didn't know you wanted to make Mahana happy.
More than happy. I wanted her to be an eight-cow woman.
I understand. In her father's house, Mahana believed she was worth nothing.
And now she knows she is worth more than any woman on the island.