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    Supported, unblasted ...

    Hello,


    Though I have tried to approach the bold text from various angles, still I am at a loss what it could mean ... Can anybody help me?

    "And the words it spoke were too infamous for me to repeat. They are scarred upon my brain. Addressed to the vilest harridan that scours the gutter for her carrion prey, they would have yet been inhuman, impossible; to the voice that answered . . . ! "It was a voice like the tinkling of a fairy bell. Whoever spoke was little more than a child; and her answer had the purity and strength of an angel. That even the foul monster who addressed her could support it, unblasted, was matter for astonishment."

    Aleister Crowley, The Dream Circean, 1910


    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Supported, unblasted ...

    He seems to be saying that he has a hard time believing that the person saying those things ("the foul monster") really believes what he is saying.

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    Re: Supported, unblasted ...

    He was amazed that the foul monster speaking to the small childlike being could withstand the power and truth of her answer.


    In other words, he's amazed that the answer didn't cause the foul monster to flinch or stagger, so powerful and pure was her answer. It was like standing before the power of an angel's words without being brought to your knees.

    He has been saying vile things and asking horrible questions, and her response was surprisingly powerful such that it should have bowled him over.
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