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By Basil King

...Berkeley Noone, with the incurable Hutchinson's illness, has approved the truth that he needs to die. part eagerly, part anxiously he waits for dying, in basic terms to adventure no dying; as an alternative, come to a translation right into a larger, fuller type of existence, during which new values sunrise, and into wich there appears to be like a brand new radiant imaginative and prescient of God...Abraham's Bosom is a gorgeous and comforting little philosophy of religion and should be extra convincing to many readers than a few summary treatises at the topic.

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He had no doubt of that. It was the intimate environment his needs and tastes had created, and which expressed him. But it was to be his forever. It was not a spot he had been allowed to love and permitted to rest in, and from which he was to be torn away. There had been no such futility to life; no such lack of purpose in its development. What he had gathered he was to keep; what he had cared for he was to continue to enjoy. The dear familiar things that the Man of Dust had told him could be his but for a little while were to abide with him--not only as the medium through which his spirit had worked outward, but as an earnest of security.

The nurse had given the sign by summoning Emily; Emily had called Constantia; and Constantia, Beatrice and the boys. They all kissed him, and stood or sat about the bed, his wife holding one hand and Phil the other. He hardly knew by what signs they judged, since he felt but little weaker than on other days and not much more pain. They seemed to know, however, that the time had come, and to treat him a little like the jailers and sheriffs who notify the condemned that the supreme minute is approaching.

They were also doing things he didn't clearly understand. All he knew was that he felt toward them an extraordinary tenderness, and that something similar came from them to him. "I suppose this must be dying," he said to himself, as he noticed that the new day had blotted out the sunlight. " To Berkeley Noone, this was the real point at issue. It was worth taking up, even if only in delirium. " "I know there'll be no other in the next life; but--" "But there's no next life. " "In a sense--yes," he admitted, not without a shadow of impatience.

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