The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Master of the World by Jules Verne:|
into a thousand pieces.
"Nonsense!" declared the incredulous. "This madman would know well
how to circle around such obstructions."
"And if necessary," added others," the machine would leap over the
"And if he is indeed the devil, he has, as a former angel, presumably
preserved his wings, and so he will take to flight."
But this last was but the suggestion of foolish old gossips who did
not stop to study the matter. For if the King of Hades possessed a
pair of wings, why did he obstinately persist in running around on
the earth at the risk of crushing his own subjects, when he might