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The Screwtape Letters XIII

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My Dear Wormwood, It seems to me that you take a great many pages to tell a very simple story. The long and short of it is that you have let the man slip through your fingers. The situation is very grave, and I really see no reason why I should try and shield you from the consequences of your...

The Screwtape Letters XII

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XII My Dear Wormwood, Obviously you are making excellent progress. My only fear is lest in attempting to hurry the patient you awaken him to a sense of his real position. For you and I, who see that position as it really is, must never forget how totally different it ought to appear to him. We...

The Screwtape Letters XI

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XI My Dear Wormwood, Everything is clearly going very well. I am specially glad to hear that the two new friends have now made him acquainted with their whole set. All these, as I find from the record office, are thoroughly reliable people; steady, consistent scoffers and world-lings who...

The Screwtape letters X

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X My Dear Wormwood,          I was delighted to hear from Triptweeze that your patient has made some very desirable new acquaintances and that you seem to have used this even in a really promising manner. I gather that the middle-aged married couple who called at his...

The Screwtape Letters IX

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IX My Dear Wormwood,          I hope my last letter has convinced you that the trough of dullness or "dryness" through which your patient is going at present will not, of itself, give you his soul, but needs to be properly exploited. What forms the exploitation should...

The Screwtape Letters VIII

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VIII My Dear Wormwood,          So you "have great hopes that the patient's religious phase is dying away", have you? I always thought the Training College had gone to pieces since they put old Slubgob at the head of it, and now I am sure. Has no one ever told you about...

The Screwtape Letters VII

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VII My Dear Wormwood,          I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the...

The Screwtape Letters VI

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VI My Dear Wormwood,          I am delighted to hear that your patient's age and profession make it possible, but by no means certain, that he will be called up for military service. We want him to be in the maximum uncertainty, so that his mind will be filled with...

The Screwtape Letters V

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V My dear Wormwood,          It is a little bit disappointing to expect a detailed report on your work and to receive instead such a vague rhapsody as your last letter. You say you are “delirious with joy” because the European humans have started another of...

The Screwtape Letters IV

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IV My Dear Wormwood,          The amateurish suggestions in your last letter warn me that it is high time for me to write to you fully on the painful subject of prayer. You might have spared the comment that my advice about his prayers for his mother "proved singularly...

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