William Peter Blatty

William Peter

American Writer and Filmmaker, best known for The Exorcist

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If there were no political one would not have a touchstone to distinguish true statesmen.

Mom, my bed was shaking.

Quis occidit eum? Who killed him? Regan.

The demon's target is not the possessed; it is us the observers..everyone in this house. I think the point is to make us despair... to reject our humanity: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial, vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.

We mourn the blossoms of May because they are to whither; but we know that May is one day to have its revenge upon November, by the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops---which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.

Yes, I think so. A sign of the zodiac. I think Gemini.

I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director, though these things often happen unnoticed, submerged in the unconscious.

More rooted in logic was the silence of God. In the world there was evil and much of it resulted from doubt, from an honest confusion among men of good will. Would a reasonable God refuse to end it? Not finally reveal Himself? Not speak? Lord, give us a sign? The raising of Lazarus was dim in the distant past. No one now living had heard his laughter. And so why not a sign?

Rats? I just said that. But the attic is clean. Well, okay, we?ve got tidy rats! No rats. Karl, I heard them last night. Maybe plumbing, Karl probed; maybe boards. Maybe rats! Will you buy the damn traps and quit arguing? Bustling away, Karl, said, Yes! I go now! No not now, Karl! The

The excavations were completed. One layer after another, the ground had been sieved; objects found in its bowels, tested, labeled, had already been shipped. Necklaces and pendants, engraved gems, your faults, the mortars of stone painted with ocher, burnished vessels. Nothing exceptional. An Assyrian ivory casket, with everything you need for the toilet. And human remains. Human bones. Leftovers friable cosmic anguish that once upon a time led it to question whether the matter was not Lucifer groping toward the heavens to return to their God. But now he had lost illusions. The plant licorice fragrance and tamarisk caught his eye on the covers of poppies high places, on the flat reeds, on the rough and rocky road tract that dived headlong into the horrible. Northwest was Mosul, Erbil east, south Baghdad and Kirkuk and the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar .

We use concepts like "consciousness"---"mind"---"personality," but we don't really know yet what these things are.' He was shaking his head. 'Not really. Not at all.

Yes, of course, said Kinderman. It?s very strange. But then it leaves us

In forgetting, they were trying to remember.

My mother will love. A poor immigrant without a whole, troubled, loving, ignorant fearless, a lion , a giant. And when the angels ask me to recall tell them I remember you.

Regan had the physical syndrome of possession. That much he knew. Of that he had no doubt. For in case after case, irrespective of geography or period of history, the symptoms of possession were substantially constant. Some Regan had not evidenced as yet: stigmata; the desire for repugnant foods; the insensitivity to pain; the frequent loud and irrepressible hiccuping. But the others she had manifest clearly: the involuntary motor excitement; foul breath; furred tongue; the wasting away of the frame; the distended stomach; the irritations of the skin and mucous membrane. And most significantly present were the basic symptoms of the hard core of cases which Oesterreich had characterized as genuine possession: the striking change in the voice and the features, plus the manifestation of a new personality.

The exorcist should not believe too readily that a person is possessed by an evil spirit; but he ought to ascertain by the signs by which a person possessed can be distinguished from one who is suffering from some illness; especially one of a psychological nature. Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange language or to understand it when spoken by another; the facility of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's age and natural condition; and various other conditions which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.

We use concepts like consciousness---mind---personality, but we don't really know yet what these things are.' He was shaking his head. 'Not really. Not at all.

Yet I think the demon's target is not the possessed; it is us . . . the observers . . . every person in this house. And I think---I think the point is to make us despair; to reject our own humanity, Damien: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial; as ultimately vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.

In order for life to have appeared spontaneously on Earth, there first had to be hundreds of millions of protein molecules of the Ninth Configuration. But, given the size of the planet Earth, do you know how long it would take for just one of these protein molecules to appear by chance? Roughly 10 to the 243rd power, billions of years; and I find that far, far more fantastic than simply believing in a god.

My wife's mother is visiting, Father. And Tuesday night, she's cooking us a carp. It's a tasty fish, I've got nothing against it. But, because it's supposedly filled with impurities, she buys it live and for three days, it's been swimming... up and down... in my bathtub. Up and down... and I hate it. I can't stand the sight of it, moving its gills. Now, you're standing very close to me, Father; have you noticed? Yes. I haven't had a bath for three days. I can't go home until the carp is asleep because if I see it, swimming... I'll kill it.

Regan killing Dennings? What madness! He envisioned her shoving

The hand that was obscuring her face was trembling. Lowering her arm, she turned and looked up at Karras, revealing a haggard-eyed, tearstained face. So what?s doin?? she said. What?s new? Karras studied her before answering, Well, the latest is I?ve looked at the records from Barringer Clinic and? Yes? Chris interjected tensely. Well, I believe?

We won. Now free me.

You don't blame us for being here, do you? After all, we have no place to go. No home... Incidentally, what an excellent day for an exorcism...

It was a green stone head of the demon Pazuzu, personification of the southwest wind.

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American Writer and Filmmaker, best known for The Exorcist