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Neither Angel nor Beast by Francis X.J. Coleman

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AN INNOCENT ON THE DEFENSIVE

The new series of letters, which begins with the ‘Onzième Lettre,’ reveals two changes in Pascal’s attitude. First, he is no longer writing to a fictional ‘provincial,’ but henceforth to the Jesuits themselves. The subtitle of the ‘Eleventh Letter,’ is ‘Written by the Author of the Letters to a Provincial to the Reverend Jesuit Fathers.’ Second, Pascal changes from the offensive position that he had adopted since the ‘Fourth Letter’ to a defensive position in order to reply to his critics. Dated 18 August 1656, it begins with the Jesuits’ chief charge that the author did not write with sufficient seriousness about their maxims, and that he ‘held up holy things to ridicule.’ Pascal replies: ‘In truth, Fathers, there ...

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