Jun. 23rd, 2011

highlyeccentric: Anglo-Saxonists decline to do it (Naked Philologist)
[Context: a discussion about manuscripts, with Trojie]

Highly: There are also facsimiles - and some of them are even online! Here: http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=bodleian&manuscript=msjunius11

Go to page three and have a look at the strip-comic style picture. That's God and the angels up top, and Satan being tortured by his own demons down the bottom.

Trojie: If I was Satan, I wouldn't let the demons torture me. That's just silly.

Highly: It's a sign that the satanic realm is upside-down! In heaven, God's thegns (angels, saints) serve God loyally; in hell, Satan's thegns (devils) torture their own lord!

Trojie: ... I see the essential pleasing symmetry of it, but it seems so *inefficient*

Highly: I think that's deliberate. I mean, would you want to serve Satan, when he's clearly inefficient?

Trojie: This is good logic! It's only logical to serve God - he's the most efficient choice!

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