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    Smile by the fiends

    Hello. I wonder what "by the fiends" mean in this context below.
    Does it mean 'or I will kill you-" or something?
    Thank you.

    -----(from <Hop Frog> by Edgar Allan Poe)
    "You are Sulky, and want more wine. Here, drink this!" and he poured out another goblet full
    and offered it to the cripple, who merely gazed at it, gasping for breath.
    "Drink, I say!" shouted the monster(king), "or by the fiends-"

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    Re: by the fiends

    You need to complete the last sentence.

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    Re: by the fiends

    That's the end of the sentence. The next sentences are like this.
    ----The dwarf(=the cripple) hesitated. The king grew purple with rage. The courtiers smirked.

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    Re: by the fiends

    He seems to be vowing by some deity or demon. Yes, the implication is that he will inflict some sort of bodily harm if his command is not followed.

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