By Iris Murdoch
At the eve in their marriage ceremony, Edward Lannion and Marian Berran are led away onto darkish and unusual paths, whereas their neighbors and fanatics are pressured to make new and striking offerings.
Watching over them all is Jackson, a mysterious and charismatic manservant who, in guiding the entire younger fanatics into the sunshine, has to make his personal agonizing judgements.
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And at length they pronounc’d that the Gods had order’d such things. Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast. A MEMORABLE FANCY. [Plates 12–13] The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel dined with me, and I asked them how they dared so roundly to assert, that God spoke to them; and whether they did not think at the time, that they would be misunderstood, & so be the cause of imposition. Isaiah answer’d, I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discover’d the infinite in every thing, and as I was then perswaded, & remain 32 confirm’d; that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences but wrote.
Shadows of Prophecy shiver along by the lakes and the rivers and mutter across the ocean. France rend down thy dungeon; 4. Golden Spain burst the barriers of old Rome; 5. Cast thy keys O Rome into the deep down falling, even to eternity down falling, 6. And weep. 7. In her trembling hands she took the new born terror howling; 8. On those infinite mountains of light, now barr’d out by the atlantic sea, the new born fire stood before the starry king! 9. Flag’d with grey brow’d snows and thunderous visages the jealous wings wav’d over the deep.
I answer, God only Acts & Is, in existing beings or Men. These two classes of men are always upon earth, & they should be enemies; whoever tries to reconcile them seeks to destroy existence. Religion is an endeavour to reconcile the two. Note. Jesus Christ did not wish to unite but to seperate them, as in the Parable of sheep and goats! & he says I came not to send Peace but a Sword. 36 Messiah or Satan or Tempter was formerly thought to be one of the Antediluvians who are our Energies. A MEMORABLE FANCY [Plates 17–20] An Angel came to me and said O pitiable foolish young man!