By Basil King
...Berkeley Noone, with the incurable Hutchinson's sickness, has permitted the truth that he needs to die. part eagerly, part anxiously he waits for demise, in simple terms to event no dying; as an alternative, come to a translation right into a larger, fuller form of existence, during which new values sunrise, and into wich there looks a brand new radiant imaginative and prescient of God...Abraham's Bosom is a gorgeous and comforting little philosophy of religion and will be extra convincing to many readers than a few summary treatises at the topic.
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As broth exactly right, he forced himself to swallow it. Having relieved him of the cup she went on to make him comfortable. He had been comfortable as it was, but she didn't believe it. She had always declared that if he would only rest as she did he would get more repose. She proceeded, therefore, to show him how, as she had shown him how perhaps a million times in the course of their life together. Patiently he allowed himself to be pulled and shunted while the sheets were straightened and the pillows smoothed, and he composed his figure to the lines that suited hers.
All the same it's been a good deal on my mind; on my conscience, I might say--" But the doctor had other patients in the waiting-room and was obliged to think of them. " In spite of his efforts to seem casual the doctor's voice fell. "None that science knows of--as yet. " "Since you ask the question, I can only say, yes--generally. That doesn't mean, however, that in the case of a man of temperate life, like you--" But Berkeley Noone had heard enough. He listened to what the doctor had to say in the way of advice; he promised to carry out all orders; but he was sure his death sentence had been pronounced.
What puzzles you is that, in throwing off the dream, you are seeing those who are dear to you not as you supposed them to be, but as they are. Each one of them is doing his Father's business, positively and always, no matter what grotesque or hideous perversion the dream consciousness may try to fix in him. " "'And great is the mystery of godliness,'" the other quoted, in his turn. " "But blessed," Berkeley Noone went on, fervently, "are they who, in half lights and darkness, are able to see that they shall emerge quietly, simply, naturally--and not be violently thrust into glories or terrors they cannot understand.