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ON THE DEVIL AND THE STONES

THERE ARE SOME WHO MAINTAIN that the Devil does not exist, that He is but a pious invention meant to help us along our difficult road to heaven, a feeble fiction god imagined in the moment of despair when He understood, too late, that the common man—except for the rarest cases of the blessed in spirit—desires solely the world and the body; his dealings with the soul limited during his lifetime to attempts at persuading it to accept a maximum of accommodations to the interstices in both divine and human law. I confess, I myself also do not believe in the Devil. But in cautious compensation, I have blind faith in His representations, innumerable, produced by our anxious minds, now mostly in cinematographic appearances, where He and His manifestations rarely go beyond mere luminous vibration, and yet are convincing, judging by the terror that generally strikes the hearts of spectators.

 

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