To Try to Save the Devil

TheLondonMercuryCharles Williams only wrote one short story: “Et in Sempiternum Pereant.” It was published in The London Mercury in 1935. You can read the full text on Project Gutenberg Australia and listen to a really excellent audio version by voice actor Ulf Bjorklund.

The story features Lord Arglay, one of the main characters from Many Dimensions. It is a tight, streamlined piece–for CW, anyway–with what I read as a perfect unity between setting and theme. The descriptions are extremely vivid, and it is only at the end that CW lets his diffuse style get away from him. There are only two characters, and their stark contrast and surprising affinities are worthy of a superhero story. The theological twist at the end is a shocker. Do give it a read and/or listen and leave a comment below; I would love to know your thoughts about this fascinating, creepy tale.

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a writer, English teacher, and Inklings scholar. Sørina serves as Chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Signum University and teaches English at King's College and Lehigh Carbon Community College. She has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" and "Caduceus."
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3 Responses to To Try to Save the Devil

  1. Ann Ahnemann says:

    The Gutenberg AU link is broken

    Like

  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Interesting to think that this was published – and, I presume, written – after C.W. had begun working on what would be published as Descent into Hell.

    Like

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