Chapter 1 Bishop Martin

12. He calls once more, this time louder, and waits; but still nobody approaches.

13. For the third time he calls, louder still, but again in vain.

14. Now our man begins to feel very scared. He realizes his desperate situation and says: "Oh, for God's sake, Lord, help me! (This is only his habitual phrase.) What does this mean? I have called three times and no response!

15. Am I damned? How can that be, for I do not see any fire nor any devil?

16. Oh, Oh, Oh [trembling]. It is truly terrible! So alone! Oh, God, if one of these devils turned up now while I'm without a consecrated font or crucifix - what will I do?

17. And the devil is said to be particularly keen on bishops! Oh, what a desperate situation! I believe the 'howling and gnashing of teeth' is already upon me!'

18. I will discard my bishop's robe so the devil will not recognize me. But maybe that would give him even more power over me? Oh, what a terrible thing death is!

19. If at least I were quite dead, then I wouldn't be afraid; but this being alive after death is so terrible!

20. "I wonder what would happen if I walked on? No, no, I'd rather stay here. What consequences a step in the dark might have only God knows. Therefore, I would rather remain here until Doomsday, in the name of God and the Blessed Virgin!"

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