from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality, nature, or character of a devil.
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I'm going for devilhood, instead, and I'm going to spend eternity torturing those who annoy.
My sense is that he has elevated the Coke Stevenson and the others to a somewhat higher status of sainthood than perhaps they deserve and lowered Lyndon Johnson to perhaps a lower sort of devilhood than they've concern.
Even Goneril has her one splendid hour, her fire - flaught of hellish glory; when she treads under foot the half-hearted goodness, the wordy and windy though sincere abhorrence, which is all that the mild and impotent revolt of Albany can bring to bear against her imperious and dauntless devilhood; when she flaunts before the eyes of her "milk-livered" and "moral fool" the coming banners of France about the "plumed helm" of his slayer.
Instead of saying, Because slaves are property they will be well treated, the true reasoning is, Because slaves are property, therefore they will be ill-treated, therefore they will surely call forth against them in many an instance every latent capacity of absolute devilhood which lies in the master's bosom.
So not only is this a little incoherent – Devils are cited as “servants of the gods that rebelled,” but if you’re a mercenary can you really rebel except in terms of breaking your agreement, and if being cast down to devilhood was from asimple “terms of the contract” violationlike that why would they be Lawful and Evil?