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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 1893 Paul Cochrane 27-Feb-04 06:28
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 519 Anne-Marie 27-Feb-04 07:13
Moderator Note 502 Jaimi 27-Feb-04 21:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 509 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 12:32
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 571 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 14:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 508 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 14:49
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 525 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 15:10
D'Adamo... talk about synchronicity 583 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:33
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 481 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 16:35
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 734 SunSword 27-Feb-04 18:36
Need source for your claim 540 ananda 27-Feb-04 18:57
Re: Need source for your claim 552 SunSword 27-Feb-04 22:19
No source or evidence? 567 ananda 27-Feb-04 22:44
Re: No source or evidence? 508 fiascohoho 28-Feb-04 00:10
Re: No source or evidence? 582 SunSword 28-Feb-04 00:40
Re: Need source for your claim 563 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 23:04
Re: Need source for your claim 541 ananda 28-Feb-04 00:44
Are you assuming... 456 ananda 29-Feb-04 20:15
Re: Are you assuming... 488 SunSword 01-Mar-04 14:39
Re: Are you assuming... 511 ArmchairObserver 01-Mar-04 15:50
Re: Are you assuming... 501 SunSword 01-Mar-04 17:23
Re: Need source for your claim 405 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:26
Blood Types 540 jameske 28-Feb-04 15:51
Re: Blood Types 551 Lee McGiffen 29-Feb-04 12:30
Re: Blood Types 441 jameske 29-Feb-04 14:40
Re: Blood Types 557 ananda 29-Feb-04 15:36
Re: Blood Types 527 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:09
Re: Blood Types 535 SunSword 29-Feb-04 18:15
Re: Blood Types 537 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:03
Re: Blood Types 514 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:16
Re: Blood Types 562 Lee McGiffen 01-Mar-04 11:32
Re: Blood Types 891 Paul Cochrane 03-Mar-04 01:09
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 504 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 16:15
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 523 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 548 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 17:40
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 527 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 572 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 533 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:18
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 544 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 16:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 544 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:55
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 491 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 536 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 06:22
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 550 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 17:01
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 517 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 17:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 552 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 18:25
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 606 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 19:53
Mod remark 561 Kees 27-Feb-04 20:13
Re: Mod remark 571 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 22:08
Re: Mod remark 494 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 22:36
Re: Mod remark 512 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 23:27
Moderator note 536 Jaimi 28-Feb-04 04:29
Re: Moderator note 519 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:46
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 546 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:08
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 515 fisherman 27-Feb-04 17:41
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 530 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:41
Belief, Proof and what does it matter 508 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 495 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 08:30
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 522 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 11:52
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 538 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 14:07
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 535 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 15:40
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 545 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:56
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 503 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 539 Elizabeth Newton 01-Mar-04 15:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 530 Trygve Hogebol 29-Feb-04 18:37
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 458 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 04:24


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