“The house is in danger of catching fire.”

“Why do you say that?”

“The stove burner is on under a pan full of grease next to the curtains.”

“If there were a fire there would be smoke and flames.”

“The situation is that we are likely to get a fire.”

“I don’t see any smoke or flames.”

“We don’t want to wait until then. And look, there is smoke now.”

“That could be mist or fog.”

“Mist and fog aren’t dark and don’t billow in under the door like that.”

“If it’s smoke, where are the flames?”

“I don’t think we should wait until there are flames. Wait, look, there are the flames.”

“There have always been fires and always we be. It is arrogant to claim we cause them.”