The Sorrows of Satan

1
"I called the Devil and he came,
  And with wonder his form did I scan;
 He is not ugly, and is not lame,
  But really a handsome and charming man."

               - - Heinrich Heine

2
Because God created man in
 His divine image, Lucifer - -
mightiest of the Archangels - -
rose in rebellion, and with all
his bright host was hurled
 from the gates of Heaven.

2
"Lucifer thou shalt be called
 no more! Satan shall be
 thy name -- and forever thou
 shalt tempt the sons of men
 to sin against the God who
       made you both!"

3
"Only when all men turn from
 thee, canst thou resume thy
 glorious place at God's right
 hand -- yet for every soul
 that resists thee, thou
 shalt have one hour at
 the gates of Paradise!"

4
Our story begins in a 
 humble quarter of a 
great old city ......

5
Geoffrey Tempest, a
 writer of many ideas
and no success, reviewed
the books of authors
who had few ideas - -
  and great success.

6
Mavis Clare -- her own
 literary ambitions so
far unrewarded by any
success -- was the one
person whose faith in
Tempest never wavered.

7
Hope may be deferred,
 but rent is payable
    in advance.

8
"That's right -- isn't it?"

9
"I'm sorry I can't pay you
 today - - but I'll get a
 check tomorrow for the
 material I've just sent in."

10
Just enough for a
 supper of rolls --
 without coffee.

11
"Two rolls, please."

12
"Two cups of coffee,
      please."

13
"I've a written a poem --
        to you!"

14
"I - - I couldn't have
 inspired that. It's too
       beautiful."

15
"What good are ideals --
 what's the use of trying
 to do anything worth
 while? Money is the
 only thing that counts!"

16
"The man who composed
 that didn't make money,
 but his music means
 more to the world than
 the greatest fortune ...."

17
"Let me come in -- don't
 send me back to that 
      cold room!"

18
"-- and you will always --"

19
"No goings-on like that in
   my house, young lady!"

20
"Then let him do the
 right thing by you!"

21
But that very morning -

22
"You won't love me --
        now."

23
"I love you more!"

24
"I'm going out to get
 the license right now!"

25
"And you must come
      with me."

26
"Look here - - I can
 raise a little money on
     my old watch."

27
"Now I'll get the money
 for the last reviews I
 turned in -- it will be
 more than enough for
     the wedding."

28
For the first time,
 one of Mavis' little
stories did not come
back - - instead, the
envelope contained a
    tiny check!

29
"Mr. Tempest, I am sorry
 to say that we will not
 be able to use any more
  of your material - -"

30
"-- we find you condemn
 books that every one 
 likes -- and praise books 
  that no one likes."

31 
Bitter rebellion was
 all that Tempest
got from his reverses.

32
"God's love! God's justice!
 I could run things better
     than He does!"

33
"Money is the only real
 God! I'd sell my soul
 for money - - if there
 were a Devil to buy it!"

34
"I have astonishing news
 for you, Mr. Tempest.
 It will take me a little
   time to explain it."

35
"I have ordered dinner
 at my hotel - - where
 we can talk in comfort."

36
"I understand! But how
 much better it will be
 to tell her the whole
   story - - later."

37
"- - so it is not surprising
 that you know nothing 
  of your late uncle."

38
"In the late years of his
 life he amassed a
 tremendous fortune."

39
"He was my friend. And
 the money I hold in trust
 for you, as his nearest
 heir, will make you one
 of the richest men in the
         world."

40
"It's too good to be true!"

41
Princess Olga Godovsky, a
 Russian noblewoman flung
by the Revolution into the
household of her English
uncle, the Earl of Elton.

42
"This is a great evening
 for Mr. Tempest - - he
 has just learned that he
 is heir to a tremendous
        fortune."

43
"Could you excuse me --
 for just a few minutes?
 You see, we have no
    telephone - -"

44
"Our dinner is just being
 served -- and it's rather
      a special one."

45
"And now, are we to be
 comrades? ... Remember,
 I never stay in any man's
 company when he ex-
 presses a wish to be rid
         of me."

46
Mavis waited....through
   the night......

47
Meanwhile, at Prince
  Lucio's hotel - -

48
"Tell Prince Lucio I'm
    going back - -"

49
"Pardon me! I'm afraid
 you've forgotten our
 luncheon appointment
 with Princess Olga - -"

50
"I - - I want to see Mavis,
 Prince Lucio - - I can't
 be so unfair to her, now."

51
"Of course not -- neither
 can you be unfair to
 yourself. Now you have
 a position to maintain -"

52
"Write!...
         'An unexpected
 circumstance has arisen
 which would make it as
 hard for you as for me to
 go on with the plans we
    had arranged - -'"

53
"Geoffrey -- where is he?"

54
"Geoffrey! I won't bother
 you! Just a minute - -
 I want to see you just
       one minute!"

55
Prince Lucio hurried
  Tempest from thrill to
thrill-- and in a sumptuous
fête, introduced him
  formally to Society.

56
"If I marry Geoffrey, I
 hope that you and I
 will be even closer ....
      friends ...."

57
Around the ill-assorted
    pair, Prince Lucio
wove the sensuous spell
   of a pagan rout.

58
The new millionaire
 quickly became the 
romantic figure of the 
hour - - and when the
day of his marriage 
arrived, he and Princess
Olga were the talk of
   the whole city.

59
"Now he's getting married!
 Go and get something out
       of him - -."

60
"-- for every soul that resists
 thee, Satan, thou shalt have one 
 hour at the gates of Paradise!"

61
Other lodgers in the
 house -- strangers to
Mavis, but pitying her
    loneliness - -

62
"Estaban the painter is
 throwing a party tonight.
 You've got to go with
 us - - you'll go nutty,
 sticking around here!"

63
"I really do know you,
 Miss Clare -- but then,
 I am always meeting
 people who do not
  recall meeting me."

64
"I have a friend -- a great
 publisher - - who wishes
 to know you. He is old - -
 you are charming - - and
 I am sure literary fame
 is waiting you on his
        doorstep."

65
"You could manage the
 old fellow perfectly --
 it would all be very
        proper."

66
"You're very kind .... but
 I must go on .... in my
       own way ...."

67
"Mavis Clare, though I
 cannot help you -
 you have helped me!"

68
"Mavis Clare, though I
 cannot help you -
 you have helped me!"

69
The honeymoon was a 
 silken adventure ....
but when it was over
Tempest and his wife
wondered, resentfully, why
they had ever married.

70
Prince Lucio's presence
 brought an uneasy peace
to the troubled house.

71
"I've told you before - -
 the editors do not like
 your recent stories - -
 and we have no staff
 positions of any kind!"

72
"Mavis - - Mavis!!"

73
Unconquerable of soul
  Mavis might be, but
there were limits of sorrow
and privation beyond
which she could not go.

74
Memories ....

75
"See, Geoffrey -- it's a
   surprise for you!"

76
"Oh, I know - - you
   want the rent."

77
"It's you I want! I've
  always wanted you!"

78
"We are birds of a
 feather, but even I
  must protest - -"

79
"Only a little while ago
 a love that you would
 never understand raised 
  me a step higher - -"

80
"- - and now you and
 your desires drag me 
     back again!"

81
"Desire! Desire! What is
 there to life but Desire?"

82
"I tell you - - I can't go
 on living without you!"

83
"I married you only to
     be near him."

84
The way to eternal
 forgetfulness .....
or eternal regret ...

85
After his wife's death,
 Tempest's last delusions
of happiness fled swiftly.

86
"God's love! God's justice!
 I could run things better
     than He does!"

87
"I heard you say that
 once before, Geoffrey 
       Tempest."

88
"I gave you your chance
 - - and you were like
 every other fool ...."

89
"What sort of friend are
      you, anyway?"

90
"I never said I was your
 friend .... Perhaps it is
 time to show you who
     I really am!"

91
"Help me! Save me!"

92
"No, no! You are mine!"

93
"Yours is the way, Mavis.
 Help me - - help me to
          God!"

94
"-- Thy kingdom come,
    Thy will be done --"

95
"See .... there is nothing
        there ...."


The End


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