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THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED CHARLES FORT THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED Table of Contents THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED......................................................................................................................1 CHARLES FORT....................................................................................................................................1 Chapter I...........................................................................................................................
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  THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED CHARLES FORT  Table of Contents THE BOOK OF THEDAMNED......................................................................................................................1 CHARLES FORT....................................................................................................................................1Chapter I...................................................................................................................................................1Chapter II...............................................................................................................................................11Chapter III..............................................................................................................................................15Chapter IV..............................................................................................................................................29Chapter V...............................................................................................................................................36Chapter VI..............................................................................................................................................46Chapter VII............................................................................................................................................56Chapter VIII...........................................................................................................................................68Chapter IX..............................................................................................................................................85Chapter X...............................................................................................................................................91Chapter XI..............................................................................................................................................97Chapter XII..........................................................................................................................................107Chapter XIII.........................................................................................................................................117Chapter XIV.........................................................................................................................................129Chapter XV..........................................................................................................................................142Chapter XVI.........................................................................................................................................144Chapter XVII.......................................................................................................................................150Chapter XVIII......................................................................................................................................165Chapter XIX.........................................................................................................................................166Chapter XX..........................................................................................................................................170Chapter XXI.........................................................................................................................................179Chapter XXII.......................................................................................................................................185Chapter XXIII......................................................................................................................................186Chapter XXIV......................................................................................................................................189Chapter XXV.......................................................................................................................................191Chapter XXVI......................................................................................................................................194Chapter XXVII.....................................................................................................................................197Chapter XXVIII...................................................................................................................................201 THE BOOK OF THE DAMNEDi  THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED CHARLES FORT This page copyright © 2003 Blackmask Online.http://www.blackmask.comChapter I ã Chapter II ã Chapter III ã Chapter IV ã Chapter V ã Chapter VI ã Chapter VII ã Chapter VIII ã Chapter IX ã Chapter X ã Chapter XI ã Chapter XII ã Chapter XIII ã Chapter XIV ã Chapter XV ã Chapter XVI ã Chapter XVII ã Chapter XVIII ã Chapter XIX ã Chapter XX ã Chapter XXI ã Chapter XXII ã Chapter XXIII ã Chapter XXIV ã Chapter XXV ã Chapter XXVI ã Chapter XXVII ã Chapter XXVIII ã Scanned at Sacred−Texts.com by JB Hare. Chapter I A PROCESSION of the damned.By the damned, I mean the excluded.We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded.Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You'll read them—orthey'll march. Some of them livid and some of them fiery and some of them rotten. THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED1  Some of them are corpses, skeletons, mummies, twitching, tottering, animated by companions that have beendamned alive. There are giants that will walk by, though sound asleep. There are things that are theorems andthings that are rags: they'll go by like Euclid arm in arm with the spirit of anarchy. Here and there will flitlittle harlots. Many are clowns. But many are of the highest respectability. Some are assassins. There are palestenches and gaunt superstitions and mere shadows and lively malices: whims and amiabilities. The naïve andthe pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile.A stab and a laugh and the patiently folded hands of hopeless propriety.The ultra−respectable, but the condemned, anyway.The aggregate appearance is of dignity and dissoluteness: the aggregate voice is a defiant prayer: but the spiritof the whole is processional.The power that has said to all these things that they are damned, is Dogmatic Science.But they'll march.The little harlots will caper, and freaks will distract attention, and the clowns will break the rhythm of thewhole with their buffooneries—but the solidity of the procession as a whole: the impressiveness of things thatpass and pass and pass, and keep on and keep on and keep on coming.The irresistibleness of things that neither threaten nor jeer nor defy, but arrange themselves inmass−formations that pass and pass and keep on passing.* * *So, by the damned, I mean the excluded.But by the excluded I mean that which will some day be the excluding.Or everything that is, won't be.And everything that isn't, will be —But, of course, will be that which won't be —It is our expression that the flux between that which isn't and that which won't be, or the state that iscommonly and absurdly called “existence,” is a rhythm of heavens and hells: that the damned won't staydamned; that salvation only precedes perdition. The inference is that some day our accursed tatterdemalionswill be sleek angels. Then the sub−inference is that some later day, back they'll go whence they came.* * *It is our expression that nothing can attempt to be, except by attempting to exclude something else: that thatwhich is commonly called “being” is a state that is wrought more or less definitely proportionately to theappearance of positive difference between that which is included and that which is excluded.But it is our expression that there are no positive differences: that all things are like a mouse and a bug in theheart of a cheese. Mouse and a bug: no two things could seem more unlike. They're there a week, or they staythere a month: both are then only transmutations of cheese. I think we're all bugs and mice, and are only THE BOOK OF THE DAMNEDTHE BOOK OF THE DAMNED2
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