The Marquis de Sade: An Essay, with Selections from His Writings

The Marquis de Sade: An Essay, with Selections from His Writings

The Marquis de Sade: An Essay, with Selections from His Writings

The Marquis de Sade: An Essay, with Selections from His Writings

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PRIEST: Come to this fatal moment when the veil of illusion is torn away, only to leave deluded man with the remorseful picture of his errors and vices, do you not, my child, repent of the many evils that human weakness and frailty have led you to?

DYING MAN: Yes, my friend, I do repent.

PRIEST: Then take advantage of this opportune remorse to secure from heaven, in the brief space of time left you, general absolution from your sins, and bear in mind that it is only by means of the most holy sacrament of penance that it will be possible for you to obtain it from the Lord.

DYING MAN: I no more understand you than you have understood me.

PRIEST: What!

DYING MAN: I told you that I repented.

PRIEST: I heard you say so.

DYING MAN: Yes, but without understanding.

PRIEST: What interpretation?

DYING MAN: This. . . . Created by Nature with keen tastes and strong passions, uniquely situated in this world to indulge and satisfy them. . . . I only repent of not having sufficiently recognized her omnipotence; and my sole regrets are only of the indifferent use I made of the faculties--criminal in your eyes, but natural in mine--she endowed me with to serve her. At times I

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