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Oscar Wilde tells this powerful story: “The devil was once crossing the Libyan Desert, and he came upon a spot where a number of small fiends were tormenting a holy hermit. The sainted man easily shook off their evil suggestions. The devil watched their failure, and then he stepped forward to give them a lesson.

“What you do is too crude,” he said.

“Permit me for one moment.”

“With that he whispered to the holy man, ‘Your brother has just been mad bishop of Alexandria.’ A scowl of malignant envy at once clouded the serene face of ...

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