ISBN: 1178656497 / ISBN-13: 9781178656497
Figures of earth; a comedy of appearances
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...when Phobetor took over this lamentable work at sunset, Beda would return contentedly to Dun Vlechlan for Manuel's services and a well earned night's rest. On most evenings there was unspeakable company, but none of these stayed overnight. And after each night passed alone with Misery, the morning would find Manuel older looking. "I wonder, sir, at your callousness, and at the cheery way in which you go about your dreadful business," said Manuel, once, after he had jast cleansed the dripping jaws. "Ah, but since I am all head and no heart, therefore I cannot well pity the human beings whom I harass as a matter of allotted duty." "That seems plausible," says Manuel, "and I perceive that if appearances are to be trusted you are not personally to blame. Still, I cannot but wonder why the world of men should thus be given over to Misery if Koshchei the Deathless, who made all things as they are, has any care for men." "As to what goes on overhead, Manuel, you must inquire of others. There are persons in charge, I know, but they have never yet permitted Misery to enter into their high places, for I am not popular with them, and fhat is the truth." "I can understand that, but nevertheless I wonder why Misery should have been created to feed upon mankind." "Probably the cows and sheep and chickens in your barnyards, and the partridges and rabbits in your snares, and even the gasping fish upon your hook, find time to wonder in the same way about you, Dom Manuel." "Ah, but man is the higher form of life--" "Granting that remarkable assumption, and is any man above Misery? So you see it is logical I should feed on you." "Still, I believe that the Misery of earth was devised as a trial and a testing to fit us for some nobler and eternal life hereafter...".