Shinsekai Yori | Tale of the Fiend
"It was about five hundred years ago.
A young man was wandering the mountains, picking herbs. Completely absorbed in his herb-picking, he reached the Holy Barrier.
He glanced outside the cordon and saw a large field of herbs. He had been reminded many times by adults that crossing the Holy Barrier was forbidden. If the need arose for whatever reason, he was supposed to be accompanied by an adult.
He saw a fiend coming for him. He was about to lead the fiend back to his village. If he followed the path to the village, the fiend would obliterate it. What should he do?”My life matters not. The fiend should never find the village.”
And so, no fiend has ever found our village so far.”
Shakespeare would seriously laugh so hard if he found out how seriously people take his works. Like, he would probably cry from laughing so hard if you told him that his plays were considered high-brow literature. “It’s all dick jokes and sword fights,” he’d say, “do they seriously tell my dick jokes to schoolchildren? And the kids aren’t allowed to laugh? Do the teachers know they’re telling dick jokes? Oh my god that’s fucking hilarious. Wait until I tell Anne.”