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At Patriarch’s Ponds yesterday you met Satan – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Religion

‘Unhappy poet! But it’s your own fault, my dear fellow. You shouldn’t have treated him so carelessly and rudely. Now you’re paying for it. You should be thankful that you got off comparatively lightly.’

‘But who on earth is he?’ asked Ivan, clenching his fists in excitement.

The visitor stared at Ivan and answered with a question: ‘You won’t get violent, will you? We’re all unstable people here … There won’t be any calls for the doctor, injections or any disturbances of that sort, will there?’

‘No, no!’ exclaimed Ivan. ‘Tell me, who is he?’

‘Very well,’ replied the visitor, and said slowly and gravely: ‘At Patriarch’s Ponds yesterday you met Satan.’

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