Beside him were two radiant child-angels.
A saint, whose very name I have forgotten, had a vision, in which he saw Satan standing before the throne
of God; and, listening, he heard the evil spirit say, "Why hast Thou condemned me, who have offended
Thee but once, whilst Thou savest thousands of men who have offended Thee many times?" God answered him,
"Hast thou once asked pardon of me?"
Behold the Christian mythology! It is the dramatic truth, which has its worth and effect independently
of the literal truth, and which even gains nothing by being fact. What matter whether the saint had or
had not heard the sublime words which I have just quoted! The great point is to know that pardon is
refused only to him who does not ask it.