Rebellion by Joseph Roth (translated by Michael Hofmann):
‘Can we talk about it tomorrow?’ said Andreas.
‘You’re a fool,’ said Croaky. ‘You’ve done everything wrong. If I was you, I’d have sued the gentleman. You just need to know the ropes. I would have beaten him up and then sued him. What did he look like? Maybe I’ll run into him sometime. The world is round and not all that big.’