"The vendor who sold the cassava balls insisted nothing was wrong with them and ate a few to prove the point. Now she, too, is in critical condition."
What an idiot. Did she think it was some ploy to get her fired, that all these people weren't actually getting sick?
And I agree, why would you eat something that is made of cyanide and requires enough cooking to get rid of it? And why would you trust a stranger to make it for you?
"Jack, will you call me, if you're able?"
"I've got your phone number written, in the back of my Bible."