Saturday, May 17, 2008
The Forerunner (1:1): "Introducing the World, the Flesh And the Devil" (Sketch, Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
"O, no--Please don't--I'd rather not meet them!"
I'm sorry but you have to meet them, constantly.
"But I don't have to know them, surely!"
You will find it safer and easier if you do.
"But they are not proper persons to meet--I've heard awful things about
Those stories come from people who never really knew them. They have
been much maligned I assure you. Let me tell you a little about them
before they come up.
The World yonder is really an excellent fellow, but sulky and erratic
because he's not well used. Think of a beautiful, fruitful, home garden
used for nothing but to play ball and fight in--and then blamed for its
condition. That's the way he feels.
Then there's the Flesh. Never was a good fellow more abused! He's been
brought up wrong, from babyhood--but he's all right inside.
As to the Devil--we really ought to be ashamed of treating him so. He'd
have died centuries ago, but we will keep him going--and then blame him
because his behavior's out of date!
Here they come. Allow me to present:
The World--Just Us; We and our Workshop.
The Flesh--Just Us; Our Natural Vehicle and Servant.
The Devil--Just Us; but an Anachronism--an artificially preserved
Originally published in Forerunner: 1:1 (November 1909).
Etext from Project Gutenberg.
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