Anger Management Wednesday: “The Devil and Daniel Webster”

Dollinks,

What I am supposed to be doing is packing and otherwise preparing for the Left Coast Sojourn. But this I have in mind is more interesting.  Hey, I checked the upcoming weather Utah and San Fran; I pulled out multiple clothing items and arranged them in various piles; I tried on bathing costumes in March in the Northern Hemisphere!  All those today!  So now I can do as I like for a while.

@Minus pecuniam nostram has of late stirred up conversations about personal “anger management.”  On the very same day of one of those, by chance, I read the short story by Stephen Vincent Benét, The Devil and Daniel Webster.  I recommend this story as example and standard of human anger management, with cosmic consequences.  If it works for cosmic consequences, it can work for the more local and temporal, can it not?

Here is Daniel Webster, of New Hampshire:

And here is the man who painted that perfect portrait, Francis Alexander of Killingly, Connecticut:

Could either of these men beat the Devil in argument?  Could Daniel Webster beat a jury of historical psychopaths in argument in the Devil’s court?  Naturally they could.  Their stories and Benét’s story will make all matters clear.  Righteous passion has its place, and we are thankful beyond words for it when it fires up in the right people at the right time.  Self-control and judicious advocacy for the right have their place also.  Read for yourself and see if you are convinced.

 

Benét, The Devil and Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster  How goes the Union?

Francis Alexander

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7 thoughts on “Anger Management Wednesday: “The Devil and Daniel Webster””

  1. Is this adjusted for inflation?

    ”I vow it’s enough to make a man want to sell his soul to the devil! And I would, too, for two cents!”

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  2. 10 Cents:
    Is this adjusted for inflation?

    ”I vow it’s enough to make a man want to sell his soul to the devil! And I would, too, for two cents!”

    Yes, of course.  The meaning and relevance are eternal.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    I plan on reading this later in transit. Thank you for posting this.

    It’s best read on a cold dark night, but we do what we can in this world.  Safe travels.

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