You see, I owe that man a thousand cowries . But he has not come to wake me up in the morning for it. I shall pay you, but not today. Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them."(7-8) Unoka in this scene is getting out of paying his debt, which is represented by cowries, showing the Igbo system of currency, which was also battering. The DQ also reveals how the Igbo value those who take action and respect, along with age.