• I still don't even know if the sheriff will let me see him. And suppose he did; what then? What do I say to him? Do I know what a man is? Do I know how a man is supposed to die? I'm still trying to find out how a man should live. Am I supposed to tell someone how to die who has never lived?

    Ernest J. Gaines (2015). “A Lesson Before Dying”, p.36, Serpent's Tail