“Virtues of the Curse” / Memorable Fancies #2162

[An excerpt from Social Abominations, or, The Follies of Modern Society (1895):]

“The curse is the direct wish and worded expression of desired injury. It rises to the dignity of earnestness, has in it elements of consistent wrath, and reaches a place of bad eminence among the evil arts. It is, so to say, inverted religiousness, or elaborate diabolism; a sort of worship of the spirits of evil; a mode of prayer to Satan that good may be turned into evil; that the elements may be reversed for an enemy, and all things changed to destructive forces to blast and ruin him, body and soul.”

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