• Now, about that mulatto teacher and me. There was no love there for each other. There was not even respect. We were enemies if anything. He hated me, and I knew it, and he knew I knew it. I didn't like him, but I needed him, needed him to tell me something that none of the others could or would.

    Ernest J. Gaines (2015). “A Lesson Before Dying”, p.67, Serpent's Tail