Monday, February 26, 2007

Things Fall Apart

"God will not permit it," said Okonkwo. "I do not know how to thank you."

"I can tell you," said Obierika. "Kill one of your sons for me."

"That will not be enough," said Okonkwo.

"Then kill yourself," said Obierika.

"Forgive me," said Okonkwo, smiling. "I shall not talk about thanking you any more."

from Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
Fawcett Crest, 1969 (originally published 1958)

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