What does this quote from The Mysterious Stranger mean: “Nothing exists; all is a dream. God, man, the world, the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you!”

This quote from The Mysterious Stranger represents Satan's, also called Number 44's, final wisdom to the narrator, August, before he leaves him forever. These words assert that nothing exists but the imagination: therefore, the universe August imagines is nothing but a dream he has concocted.

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Number 44 (Satan) says this to August after he tells him he is leaving him. August, who is unhappy at the news of Number 44's departure, says to him that surely they will meet in the afterlife. Number 44 then tells him there is no afterlife.

August is stunned but also feels a "gust of thankfulness" at this revelation. It confirms what he has "thought a thousand times." Nevertheless, he pushes back and tells Number 44 that they have seen...

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