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"Sable-vested Night, Eldest Of Things"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: At the great council of the devils in their newly built hall, Pandemonium, ways of evening scores with God are considered. Finally the devils agree that the fittest revenge would not be the physical destruction of man, but the moral destruction of God's newest and dearest creation. Satan, wanting all the credit for the enterprise, points out the dangers, volunteers to go on the mission, and then immediately adjourns the meeting. He makes his way towards the gates of hell, where he meets the two monsters, Sin and Death. Sin is his daughter, having issued from his head while he was plotting against God; Death is their son, the result of their incestuous intercourse. Satan flatters Sin into opening the gates of hell, which she had been commanded to keep closed. She unlocks the gates, and she and Satan look out into the wild wilderness of chaos. Finally Satan plunges into...

(The entire section is 294 words.)