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Soul of a Bishop

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Author: H.G. Wells
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 78,902 / 225 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.3
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,868
mnybks.net#: 7348
Origin: gutenberg.org

At a time when all America is responding to the lofty ideals of the War, this story gets to the heart of things.

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d faster. Because he was a bishop and because really he did not believe fully and completely in the Trinity. At one and the same time he did not believe in the Trinity and was terrified by the anger of the Trinity at his unbelief.... He was afraid. He was aghast.... And oh! he was weary....

He rubbed his eyes.

"If I could have a cup of tea!" he said.

Then he perceived with surprise that he had not thought of praying. What should he say? To what could he pray?

He tried not to think of that whizzing Triangle, that seemed now to be nailed like a Catherine wheel to the very centre of his forehead, and yet at the same time to be at the apex of the universe. Against that--for protection against that--he was praying. It was by a great effort that at last he pronounced the words:

"Lighten our darkness, we beseech Thee, O Lord ...."

Presently be had turned up his light, and was prowling about the room. The clear inky dinginess that comes before the raw dawn of a spring morning

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