Are humans by nature good or evil? Why do we give in to temptations and how far can we go? These are some of the questions that a strange character seeks to address. He offers a grand temptation: bars of gold, to a community in return of a grand sin: murder.
The devil smiles by his side as the village people kick aside their moral standings to justify a cold-blooded murder. It is at this point that a young barmaid takes her stand in favor of the right thing. She de-escalates the situation with a mixture of rational and spiritual arguments, and prevents the realization of an ultimate sin. Here are my picks for the most inspiring quotes from The Devil and Miss Prym:
People want to change everything and, at the same time, want it all to remain the same.”
“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.”
“So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.”
“About the nature of human beings. I discovered that confronted by temptation, we will always fall. Given the right circumstances, every human being on this earth would be willing to commit evil.”
“Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.”
“I think that, with age, people come to realize that death is inevitable. And we need to learn to face it with serenity, wisdom and resignation. Death often frees us from a lot of senseless sufferings.”
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready.”
“Fear again. If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.”
“The story of one person is the story of all of humanity.”
“You’re a man who has suffered and wants revenge,’ she said. ‘Your heart is dead, your soul is in darkness. The devil by your side is smiling because you are playing the game he invented.”
Crises that rage on throughout the world today are a result of man’s tendency to give in to temptations. These temptations draw us away from morality and spirituality. In a world dictated by rational beliefs, it is only spirituality that keeps us human. We can always step up and do the right thing, just like Miss Prym.
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Originally published at https://inspiringreadsblog.weebly.com on July 4, 2020.
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