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>>Surely you have heard the phrase 'Cheating the Devil'?<<

I have heard the phrase, Zos. Somehow, however, I never equated a trick with cheating. Thinking about it, a cheat is someone who takes more than his due, and even the Devil is due exactly what he has bargained for. Whereas a trick -- a really good trick -- takes nothing from us (except, perhaps, the chains of ego).

I don't think baked bread has any live yeast remaining in it, so . . . oh, wait a minute, the dog! Tricky, I suppose, but then Giraldus of Einsiedel cheated the dog to trick the Devil. Interestingly, Longfellow's legend reminds me of this verse:

"For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him. Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed" (Mk 8:25-30).

Do you suppose Longfellow meant to suggest that, in tricking the Devil, ol' Giraldus took on a huge debt to the "dog?" In that Longfellow was quite well versed in the scripture, I wouldn't put it past him to have been suggesting that the bridge, all tolls, and all compound interest, now belongs to the "dog." Of course, this reminds me of yet another verse, but I'll just provide the citation: Mt 18:23-35.

Tricksy, ol' Longfellow. Thanks, Zos!

Mark

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The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 1638 Paul Cochrane 27-Feb-04 06:28
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 412 Anne-Marie 27-Feb-04 07:13
Moderator Note 396 Jaimi 27-Feb-04 21:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 396 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 12:32
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 450 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 14:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 400 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 14:49
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 417 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 15:10
D'Adamo... talk about synchronicity 463 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:33
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 377 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 16:35
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 621 SunSword 27-Feb-04 18:36
Need source for your claim 431 ananda 27-Feb-04 18:57
Re: Need source for your claim 443 SunSword 27-Feb-04 22:19
No source or evidence? 457 ananda 27-Feb-04 22:44
Re: No source or evidence? 402 fiascohoho 28-Feb-04 00:10
Re: No source or evidence? 473 SunSword 28-Feb-04 00:40
Re: Need source for your claim 445 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 23:04
Re: Need source for your claim 432 ananda 28-Feb-04 00:44
Are you assuming... 348 ananda 29-Feb-04 20:15
Re: Are you assuming... 385 SunSword 01-Mar-04 14:39
Re: Are you assuming... 407 ArmchairObserver 01-Mar-04 15:50
Re: Are you assuming... 392 SunSword 01-Mar-04 17:23
Re: Need source for your claim 299 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:26
Blood Types 436 jameske 28-Feb-04 15:51
Re: Blood Types 432 Lee McGiffen 29-Feb-04 12:30
Re: Blood Types 335 jameske 29-Feb-04 14:40
Re: Blood Types 442 ananda 29-Feb-04 15:36
Re: Blood Types 417 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:09
Re: Blood Types 426 SunSword 29-Feb-04 18:15
Re: Blood Types 429 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:03
Re: Blood Types 403 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:16
Re: Blood Types 448 Lee McGiffen 01-Mar-04 11:32
Re: Blood Types 731 Paul Cochrane 03-Mar-04 01:09
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 398 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 16:15
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 417 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 438 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 17:40
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 416 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 470 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 425 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:18
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 427 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 16:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 438 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:55
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 387 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 424 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 06:22
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 444 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 17:01
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 408 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 17:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 445 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 18:25
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 477 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 19:53
Mod remark 436 Kees 27-Feb-04 20:13
Re: Mod remark 464 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 22:08
Re: Mod remark 385 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 22:36
Re: Mod remark 404 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 23:27
Moderator note 423 Jaimi 28-Feb-04 04:29
Re: Moderator note 409 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:46
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 439 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:08
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 408 fisherman 27-Feb-04 17:41
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 417 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:41
Belief, Proof and what does it matter 402 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 389 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 08:30
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 414 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 11:52
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 425 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 14:07
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 428 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 15:40
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 430 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:56
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 393 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 423 Elizabeth Newton 01-Mar-04 15:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 432 Trygve Hogebol 29-Feb-04 18:37
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 356 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 04:24


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