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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • These devils, who were once beautiful angels, have become as hideous and ugly as they once were beautiful.
  • They reason thus because, blinded by the gross illusion of the flesh and the darkness of human understanding, they are unable to comprehend the hideous malice of mortal sin.
  • Divine justice insists that the understanding of those miserable wretches be fixed continually on the sins of which they were guilty, and moreover, as saint Augustine points out, God will impart to them His own knowledge of sin, so that sin will appear to them in all its hideous malice as it appears to the eyes of God Himself.
  • They reason thus because they are unable to comprehend that even venial sin is of such a foul and hideous nature that even if the omnipotent Creator could end all the evil and misery in the world, the wars, the diseases, the robberies, the crimes, the deaths, the murders, on condition that he allowed a single venial sin to pass unpunished, a single venial sin, a lie, an angry look, a moment of wilful sloth, He, the great omnipotent God could not do so because sin, be it in thought orů
  • But it is too late: the just turn away from the wretched damned souls which now appear before the eyes of all in their hideous and evil character.

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  • The beast had hideous fangs.
  • He had a hideous scar running from his forehead to his jaw.

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