Images of Belief in Literature by David Jasper (eds.)

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The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea. The naked woman on the ledge outside the window on the sixteenth floor is a victim of accidie, or the naked woman is an exhibitionist, and it would be 'interesting' to know which. We tell Mystery and Mediation: O'Connor and Didion 31 ourselves that it makes some difference whether the naked woman is about to commit a mortal sin or is about to register a political protest or is about to be, the Aristophonic view, snatched back to the human condition by the fireman in priest's clothing just visible in the window behind her, the one smiling at the telephoto lens.

10. Joan Didion, 'On Morality' in Slouching Towards Bethlehem (New York, 1968), p. 161. II. For a similar criticism of the readiness to make survival a primary good see Ian Robinson and David Sims, 'Ted Hughes's Crow', The Human World, 9, November 1972. 12. Joan Didion, 'The White Album' in The White Album (Penguin, 1981), pp. 18-19. 13. Joan Didion, 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem' in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, pp. 122-3. 14. 46-7. 15. Didion, 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem', p. 123. 16. 3D-I. 17.

To attribute, with certainty, a spiritual superiority to oneself is itself an offence against the spirit. Frantic desires and attempts to determine who is in and who is out in the sight of God, receive the reply- Who do you think you are? The eternal destiny of the individual soul is something that must be left to God. In one of her letters, Flannery O'Connor says, 'I read recently somewhere about a priest up for canonization. '22 Flannery O'Connor shows us that leaving things to God is not a theoretical matter; neither is it an inevitability.

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