Wednesday, May 09, 2018


In Hora Mortis

Norman Douglas (1868-1952), Looking Back: An Autobiographical Excursion (London: Chatto and Windus, 1934), p. 461 (on Gifford Palgrave):
At the time of his death, Palgrave, after veering round from one religion to another, had settled down—for the time being, no doubt—to atheism. Somebody nevertheless tried to console the infidel's last moments by calling in a Catholic priest, who said to him in the course of his exhortations: 'Ah, if you could see how a Christian believer dies—' 'Haven't I seen it!' whispered the dying man. 'Perhaps you don't know that I was a Jesuit confessor myself for twenty years.' Se non è vero, etc.

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