Posts Tagged ‘Devil’

The Devil and Miss Prym

July 4, 2011
The Devil and Miss Prym

The Devil and Miss Prym

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, ‘Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is God. — Luke 18:18-19

Even God has a hell: His love of mankind. — Nietzche

For almost fifteen years, old Berta had spent everyday sitting on her doorstep watching the world go by. No one takes much notice as that is what old people do, after all they have little else to do.

Old Berta has her reason, and one day her reason is fulfilled, a stranger walks into the village with a devil at his side.

Dark is the absence of light. Evil the absence of good.

We all have free will. Why do some choose the path of evil?

There are those who choose the path of good as they have heard it is a guaranteed one-way ticket into heaven. But should we not do good for its own sake?

Many keep to the path of good because of fear. Fear of being caught, fear of punishment, fear of what people will say or think.

Why does a just God, a loving God, allow so much suffering in the world?

The stranger wants to put all this to the test. Will the honest, law-abiding, God-fearing villagers of Viscos break one of the Ten Commandments, namely thou shalt not kill, if the reward is high enough? He offers ten bars of gold.

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho is a battle between good and evil. It is the third book in the And on the Seventh Day trilogy, all the action takes place within seven days. The first two: Veronika Decides to Die and By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept.

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The boy and the devil

February 18, 2010


The boy was walking to buy bread when the mayor of the city crossed the street.

‘The reason he is so powerful, is because, he’s made pact with the devil,’ a very devout woman in the street told the boy, and he was intrigued.

Some time later, when travelling to another town, the boy saw a beautiful corn field. He asked who was he owner as soon as he arrived at his destination

‘All this land belongs to the same man. I’d say the Devil had a hand in that.’ – answered one of the villagers.

Later the same day, a beautiful woman walked past the boy. A priest also saw her and said aloud:

‘That woman is in the services of Satan!’

From then on, the boy decide to seek the Devil out. One day he managed to see him face to face.

‘They say you can make people powerful, rich, and beautiful.’

‘To be totally honest, this is not true’ replied the Devil. ‘You have just been listening to the views of those who are trying to promote me.’

Originally published in Like a Flowing River, a wonderful collection of anecdotes and vignettes by Paulo Coelho. Also posted on his blog.

The Devil does not have to recruit, we do it for him. It is all too easy to criticise the success or good fortune of others. The Law of Jante springs to mind.

There is an interesting dialogue with the Devil in My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk.