Quotation by William Gass

He had fathered every folly, every sin. No goat knew gluttony like his, no cat had felt his pride, no crow his avarice. He had said the psalm against envy, the psalm against anger, the psalm against sloth and the loss of hope, but they were no defense.... Without moderation or charity, without relish or enthusiasm, he'd led a wanton, heedless, selfish life. In meanness, in darkness and squalor of spirit, he had passed his time. Faithless he'd professed a faith. Faithlessly, he'd preached.... Even now he made himself a monster, overblew his vices so his charge would lack conviction. Was that not the mark of a monster?
William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. "The Reverend Jethro Furber's Change of Heart," ch. 9, p. 206, Omensetter's Luck (1966).
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