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(1913) [MARC] Author: August Strindberg Translator: Claud Field
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But the echo of the thunder reverberates, and
once more in a sort of religious ecstasy I open
the Bible at haphazard, and pray the Lord to
speak more plainly that I may understand Him.
My eyes immediately fall upon this verse in Job:
“Wilt thou disannul my judgment? Wilt thou
condemn me that thou mayest be justified? Hast
thou an arm like God? Or canst thou thunder
with a voice like Him?”


I doubt no more. The Eternal has spoken!
O Eternal! What demandest Thou of me?
Speak, for thy servant heareth!

No answer!

Good! I will humble myself before the Eternal
Who has humbled Himself to speak to His
servant. But bow my knee before the mob and
the mighty? Never!

*



In the evening my good mother-in-law receives
me with a manner that is enigmatic. She casts
a searching look at me sideways, as though she
wished to ascertain what sort of impression the
stupendous occurrence had made on me. “You
have heard it?” she asks.

“Yes, it is strange—a clap of thunder in
November.” She at any rate no longer
considers me damned.

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