Anne Rice - v1, Lasher

All night i prayed only for courage that if there was

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Unformatted text preview: would even turn and start to walk towards them. Always they fled. Always they returned. Meantime the question of chastity was torturing me-the question of whether or not I could do it with a woman, and whether or not a monster would be born. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to do what was right in the eyes of God. It seemed a very simple matter to take a mistress, to take a lover. It seemed an immense challenge to enjoy no pleasure of the flesh at all. To live without knowing the answer to the mystery. I chose the path of the saint. I allowed no fire to kindle in me, and consequently there was never a blaze. I became well known for my purity, that I had no eye for women whatsoever, and my healing became more and more accomplished, though still I did not know if it was miraculous and thought it was perhaps a matter of skill. Another passion meantime swept me up. It was the simple idea current at the time that singing could bring the faithful to Christ, as easily perhaps as evangelical preaching....
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2010 for the course WRITING 220.200 taught by Professor Julie during the Spring '10 term at Johns Hopkins.

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