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From Hell to Heaven
Chapter 173 - Cado and Minerva talk. The infernal princesses’ shocking tests. Cado’s true ‘Wiseman’s stone’. God Jesus, the conqueror; his name an abomination to hell.
1. Miklosch’s ongoing comments: “ Says Minerva: “But Cado, I had not imagined you capable of such crudeness. A couple of my court favourites did indeed tell me what a ruffian you are supposed to be, but I took their testimony with a grain of salt. Having now convinced myself of your ignorant ways of communicating with lofty spirits, I am forced to assume a different tone with you. You shall first have to witness the carrying out of a punishment, to see how I proceed with spirits like you. Should this sight not soften you, I shall let you taste my severity too, as you are not satisfied with my condescension!”
2. Minerva gives a sign, and an overawing selection of torture instruments are brought on by menacing devils and set up in a wide circle around Minerva. After that, still more abysmal devils bring in a large contingent of relatively human-like, shabby devils from the dreadful grotto. They howl and contort before Minerva, begging to be spared. But she gives the torturer-devils, glowing with torture-frenzy, the sign, and they rush to grab the victims, torturing them unspeakably.
3. Oh what a dreadful sight. If these devils are pain-sensitive like us, then it would make even the wisest Cherub go dumb. The tormenting proceeds slowly and systematically. Oh Lord, Thou eternal love, have mercy on these unfortunate devils, and don’t let Cado sink into ultimate despair! He keeps muttering ‘oh God, oh God – where are you? Is it possible that you can watch this dispassionately? I am lost, lost! He sinks down, as if unconscious.
4. Minerva screeches mockingly: “Well, tough hero, where are your guts and tenacity now? Will it please you to continue your defiance? Try and I shall show you my power. How do you like this little test that I give you before your eyes? Well, is there anything to it?”
5. Cado however, as if revitalized, jumps up and yells at her: “Satan, root of all evil; what have these done, that you torment them thus? Should you possess a speck of wisdom then probe yourself and speak! Should you give me satisfaction then I shall worship you! Speak or I rip you to shreds.” Minerva breaks out with caustic derision, shrieking: “Miserable worm, daring after this to call me, mistress of infinity, to account! Just wait; you shall presently receive your promised punishment! It will show you why omnipotence lets some things take their course without having to beg created beings for permission.”
6. Minerva gives the henchmen the sign to seize Cado. A large detachment bound over to the torture gadgets. But look at Cado – I never expected such power in him! Furiously heaving a stone, he scatters them like lightning: none dares repeat the exercise.
7. Seeing the service this stone – inscribed with your name oh Lord, has rendered him, he pokes on his chest, saying “No Jew prophet you, Jesus, but you, God Jesus! It is you who helped me; all my thanks and honour, from hell, where I find myself!”
8. Continues Miklosch: “A most intriguing thing is that at the mention of your most holy name, these devils one and all, together with Minerva, were flung to the ground as if by millions of lightning’s, showing no sign of wanting to get up.
9. But Cado is now asking Minerva, crouched into a heap: “Now, you fairest mistress over infinity, are you alright it seems to me you were somewhat affected by this? Would you not like to come closer to me? Perhaps I could help you with another such Wiseman’s stone!”
10. Minerva gets up but finds her lance broken and the sceptre damaged. Examining her ruling paraphernalia for a while, she says: “This augurs badly for my rule; for the mighty fatum once said: ‘Minerva, wisest and mightiest queen over all stars! Should your lance ever be broken or your sceptre damaged, the end of your rule shall soon follow, and you shall be despised more than a carcass!’ The inexorable Fatum spoke truly indeed! No angel of heaven was ever able to break my power; yet it was given to one of the lowermost devils, who in spite of all his malice was one of the most stupid devils to bring me to fall!”
11. After this self-dialogue, she turns to Cado: “Most stupid of all devils, how do you feel now that you have so shamelessly deceived me? Will you now, as the epitome of crudest stupidity, guide the worlds, suns and all the elements? Will you hold them back if soon they crash over you, since I can no longer maintain them? Do you think that your filthiest stone can also stop an entire world, with all its weight, from crashing?” Says Cado: “If, as almighty ruler of infinity, you could not protect yourself against my stones, how will your miserable works protect themselves against them? Whoever vanquishes an authentic Deity like you should not find its works indomitable! Don’t worry; a certain other Deity is bound to know what to make of your works. Tell me rather, how many poor devils residing behind that grotto you will have most dreadfully tortured for your own private enjoyment? And how many have been even more dreadfully tortured in the past? Tell me the exact truth or I shall serve it up to you thoroughly!”
12. Says Minerva: “Look here, you blind fool, everything you saw was only a temporary product of my imagination, to test your courage. I alone am reality, everything else was mere appearance and not real. Wherefore the appearances made your fight effortless. Had you encountered reality then your stones would certainly not have given you victory. You conquered only appearances and not reality!” Here Minerva turns pensive, saying after a while: “nor can I therefore answer your question, since my rightful pride could never allow itself to enter upon wise discourse with such most silly devil; understood?”
13. Says Cado, scornfully: “Just look you here – what clever animal! So I conquered only appearances with the divine name Jesus? Yet you just called yourself an almighty reality! If I conquered only your dreadful imagery with my stone, why do you stand there completely paralysed before me? Make yourself clear!”
14. Says Minerva: “That too is only an apparent conquest, as I only feign defeat. For I would not stand there most determinedly, ready to fight you countless times! I only employed my barest nothingness in this make-believe fight, to spare your pleasant being, which unfortunately fills my heart with love you don’t deserve. If I had not shown such consideration, I would have sent a couple of the feeblest fly-spirits over you, to convert your power to nothing. But if you play up with me much more then I shall be forced to encounter you with reality.”
15. Says Cado: “My, my, a charming being you; didn’t expect so much hearty goodness from you! Your imagery certainly gave ample proof of your exceptional goodness, as also your beautiful ideas about dethroning God, which you had intended to carry out with your supreme might, now buried under the glowing sea; was this also empty banter? The initial welcome your apostles gave me was indeed damned reality for me, taking it in as my humiliation. But those same apostles with greatly swollen numbers later took up the crusade against the true, almighty God, to probably carry out your ancient ambition. The almighty Deity however was sufficiently cheeky to open these mountains’ fire floodgates, burying your controlling power under the undulating glow-sea; tell me whether all this was only make-believe power, lacking reality?”
16. Says Minerva, biting her lips in rage: “This unfortunately was no mere appearance! But your most stupid chieftain is to blame for the inopportune effect on me; for I had told him a thousand times that it was not yet time. But he acted highhandedly and now has his reward for his brazen daring! When will such opportunity ever present itself again?”
17. Says Cado: “Everlastingly not, I think! Hence put your most foolish plan under wraps; God is and remains eternal! And you a most stupid creature, evil and miserable if not ditching such plan. What an unspeakably beautiful being you could be if you were not so wicked and stupid! Lay down your ancient, fruitless craft at last and take up the will of omnipotence, which you shall not be able to defy in all eternity! Surrender, you indescribably beautiful one in form, and I shall myself embrace you with a love without precedent among created spirits throughout infinity. Otherwise I shall loathe you, notwithstanding your supreme beauty.”
18. Says Minerva, somewhat less passionately: “If you knew what I know, you would speak differently about your Deity, but you are nevertheless right in what you say, for it is so! But I am not able to change, ever! For if I change, then there is in the same moment, beside myself and God, no created being in all of infinity; no sun and no Earth! I therefore have to remain stuck in everlasting torment, so that the beings out of me can revel in their bliss. But now I have had enough, and it must change once!”
19. Says Cado: “Oh you poor mother of infinity, come over to me and I shall lead you to our Lord God Jesus, and everything shall then be fine!”
20. Screams Minerva: “Just don’t ever mention that name again, or things are over between us two, because to me this name is an abomination!”
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