We recently received a cash donation by snail-mail from someone who lives in the Chicago area. There was no return address or signature, so we were unable to send the donor a thank-you note.
A card that enclosed the cash was inscribed with this brief note:
If we’re wrong, and they’re right, we’ll be in the best of company in hell.
Thanks for all you do!
Although not entirely apropos, a literary quote was suggested by our donor’s note.
Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday, but the following excerpt is from Scene 3 of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare’s. Faustus has just conjured up Mephistophilis and is about to negotiate the sale of his soul to Lucifer:
|Faustus:||Tell me what is that Lucifer thy lord?|
|Mephistophilis:||Arch-regent and commander of all spirits.|
|Faustus:||Was not that Lucifer an angel once?|
|Mephistophilis:||Yes, Faustus, and most dearly lov’d of God.|
|Faustus:||How comes it then that he is Prince of devils?|
|Mephistophilis:||O, by aspiring pride and insolence;
For which God threw him from the face of Heaven.
|Faustus:||And what are you that you live with Lucifer?|
|Mephistophilis:||Unhappy spirits that fell with Lucifer,
Conspir’d against our God with Lucifer,
And are for ever damn’d with Lucifer.
|Faustus:||Where are you damn’d?|
|Faustus:||How comes it then that thou art out of hell?|
|Mephistophilis:||Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Think’st thou that I who saw the face of God,
And tasted the eternal joys of Heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,
In being depriv’d of everlasting bliss?
O Faustus! leave these frivolous demands,
Which strike a terror to my fainting soul.
Many thanks to our new mystery donor. You know who you are, but I sure don’t!