“I had to test your courage,” the stranger said. “Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.”
The tribal chieftain called for the boy, and presented him with fifty pieces of gold. He repeated his story about Joseph of Egypt, and asked the boy to become the counselor of the oasis.
“It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil,” said the alchemist. “It's what comes out of their mouths that is.”