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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden
(1936)

Chapter XX: The stage is set,   pp. 204-210


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210                 Satan Came to Eden 
  The woman struck him with her riding-whip, and his face bore 
a flaming weal for many days. On another occasion he stormed 
at her across the dinner table, and she took up her plate of boiling 
soup and flung it at him, scalding him badly. Without so much as 
waiting to find out whether the hot stuff had seriously injured his 
eyes, as even Lorenz, his enemy, feared, she went away with 
Arends, and was seen no more that day. 
  Lorenz was still a very sick man. The mysterious disease had 
not killed him, but had robbed him of his whole vitality and 
strength, so that he could only drag himself painfully from task 
to task. They seldom left him time to rest; he was quite done for, 
but so apathetic that he now no longer even planned escape. The 
situation created by the new lover brought him fresh torment, 
for Philippson, helpless against the woman, vented his fury upon 
the still more helpless Lorenz. He stood over the toiler like a 
brutal overseer. When Lorenz flagged, he beat him savagely; he 
allowed him neither food nor drink; he treated him as he must 
have longed to treat the stranger, Arends. 
  This was the Baroness's Floreana, a place where cruelty and 
evil passions could run wild, because there was no "world," with
police and public opinion, to check their worst excesses. Satan 
had come to Eden with this woman, who called her hacienda 
"Paradise." 


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