Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries
I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity
about one of those.
...heaven for climate, and hell for society.
Dying man couldn't make up his mind which place to go to -- both have
their advantages, "heaven for climate, hell for company!"
"Is it a colony?"
Satan (impatiently) to New Comer. The trouble with you Chicago people
is, that you think you are the best people down here; whereas you are
merely the most numerous.
Illustration by "Dwig" from the
Dave Thomson collection
Miss Watson, a tolerable slim old maid, with goggles on. . . told me all about
the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad then, but I didn't
mean no harm. All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change,
I warn't particular. She said it was wicked to say what I said; said she wouldn't
say it for the whole world; she was going to live so as to go to the good place.
Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up
my mind I wouldn't try for it. But I never said so, because it would only make
trouble, and wouldn't do no good.
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Sam Clemens as Dante during his guided tour of Hell conducted by the poet Virgil (standing behind him) and being ferried across the Stygian marsh in the 5th Circle of the Inferno. Original painting by French artist Eugene Delecroix in 1821.
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