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certainly not to them, whatever happens. At present the Enemy says "Mine" of everything on the pedantic, legalistic
ground that He made it: Our Father hopes in the end to say "Mine" of all things on the more realistic and dynamic http://members.fortunecity.com/phantom1/books2/c._s._lewis_-_the_screwtape_letters.htm 2/07/2008 THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Page 23 of 34 ground of conquest,
Your affectionate uncle
MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
So! Your man is in love—and in the worst kind he could possibly have fallen into—and with a girl who does not even
appear in the report you sent me. You may be interested to learn that the little misunderstanding with the Secret Police
which you tried to raise about some unguarded expressions in one of my letters has been tided over. If you were
reckoning on that to secure my good offices, you will find yourself mistaken. You shall pay for that as well as for your
other blunders. Meanwhile I enclose a little booklet, just issued, on the new House of Correction for Incompetent
Tempters. It is profusely illustrated and you will not find a dull page in it.
I have looked up this girl's dossier and am horrified at what I find. Not only a Christian but such a Christian—a vile,
sneaking, simpering, demure, monosyllabic, mouse-like, watery, insignificant, virginal, bread-and-butter miss. The little
brute. She makes me vomit. She stinks and scalds through the very pages of the dossier. It drives me mad, the way the
world has worsened. We'd have had her to the arena in the old days. That's what her sort is made for. Not that she'd do
much good there, either. A two-faced little cheat (I know the sort) who looks as if she'd faint at the sight of blood and
then dies with a smile. A cheat every way. Looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth and yet has a satirical wit. The
sort of creature who'd find ME funny! Filthy insipid little prude—and yet ready to fall into this booby's arms like any
other breeding animal. Why doesn't the Enemy blast her for it, if He's so moonstruck by virginity—instead of looking
on there, grinning?
He's a hedonist at heart. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a façade. Or only like foam on the sea
shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. He makes no secret of it; at His right hand are
"pleasures for evermore". Ugh! I don't think He has the least inkling of that high and austere mystery to which we rise
in the Miserific Vision. He's vulgar, Wormwood. He has a bourgeois mind. He has filled His world full of pleasures.
There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least—sleeping, washing, eating, drinking,
making love, playing, praying, working, Everything has to be twisted before it's any use to us. We fight under cruel
disadvantages. Nothing is naturally on our side. (Not that that excuses you. I'll settle with you presently. You have
always hated me and...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2014 for the course MIS 304 taught by Professor Mejias during the Spring '07 term at Arizona.
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