• "You sound as if you question the authority and the decision of the Oracle, who said he should die."
    "I do not. Why should I? But the Oracle did not ask me to carry out its decision." [...]
    "The Earth cannot punish me for obeying her mesenger," Okonkwo said. "A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm."

    "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe, Fawcett Premier edition, (p. 64), 1969.