The Temptation of St. Antony

The Temptation of St. Antony
or A Revelation of the Soul

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The Temptation of St. Antony by Gustave Flaubert

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cause He was God, and Solomon owing, perhaps, to his magical science. It is sublime, this science; for--as a philosopher has explained to me--the world forms a whole, all whose parts have an influence on one another, like the different organs of a single body. It is interesting to understand the affinities and antipathies implanted in everything by Nature, and then to put them into play. In this way one might be able to modify laws that appear to be unchangeable."

At this point the two shadows traced behind him by the arms of the cross project themselves in front of him. They form, as it were, two great horns. Antony exclaims:

"Help, my God!"

The shadows resume their former position.

"Ah! it was an illusion--nothing more. It is useless for me to torment my soul, I have no need to do so--absolutely no need!"

He sits down and crosses his arms.

"And yet methought I felt the approach ... But why should he come? Besides, do I not know his artifices? I have repelle

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