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The Count of Monte Cristo
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  • Still I was but an agent, led on by an invisible and offended Deity, who chose not to withhold the fatal blow that I was destined to hurl.
  • What these happy persons took for reality was but a dream; but it was a dream so soft, so voluptuous, so enthralling, that they sold themselves body and soul to him who gave it to them, and obedient to his orders as to those of a deity, struck down the designated victim, died in torture without a murmur, believing that the death they underwent was but a quick transition to that life of delights of which the holy herb, now before you, had given them a slight foretaste.

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  • has made prosperity his deity
  • for several hours I have been trying to comprehend that I am actually in the illustrious old city where ... Abraham held converse with the Deity
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad

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