epollock | Student

Within the improbable narrative framework, the tone of the story takes on a wry and amusing absurdest quality. The most absurd thing is that the angel fails to complete his task of carrying the soul of the sick infant to heaven, but falls in the mud instead (paragraphs 1–3). Especially comic is Father Gonzaga, who pompously preaches about the wiles of the devil, and who grows suspicious about the authenticity of the angel because he does not understand Latin. Because Gonzaga declares that Latin is “the language of God” (paragraph 5), he concludes that the Angel has never been in Heaven and therefore is an impostor. Another comic thing involving the Father the Byzantine procedure he describes for securing a Papal pronouncement about the nature of the angel (paragraph 5).

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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

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