The Nature of Existence

“‘Off already, sir?’ he said. ‘Are you surprised?’ asked K. ‘Yes,’ said the landlord, ‘weren’t you interrogated, then?’ ‘No,’ said K. ‘I wouldn’t allow it.’ ‘Why not?’ asked the landlord. ‘I fail to see’. K. said, ‘why I should allow myself to be interrogated, why I should play along with a joke or bow to an official whim. Another time I might have done so, likewise as a joke or in response to a whim, but not today.’ ‘Yes of course, I see’ said the landlord, but it was merely polite agreement, lacking any conviction.”

From ‘The Castle’ (1926) by Franz Kafka.