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    Unction of the vultures


    Can anybody help me to understand the bold text please?

    The old man was sitting up when his son arrived. Arthur Horne and Henry Burton, the one pale, the other sallow, the one stumpy and fat, the other dried up, had come to pray with him. The doctor, who was not of the fold, appeared nauseated at the unction of the vultures, and (before he left) communicated a portion of this feeling to the nurse who, although a "Plymouth Sister," had experience in her profession of the realities of life, and consequently to some extent saw things, though dimly, as they really were.
    Burton was praying audibly as John Bird entered. Without moving a muscle, he directed the current of his supplications into a new channel.

    Aleister Crowley, The Death Bed Repentance, 1918

    It seems to me it could mean the doctor was an atheist and that´s why he was sickened by the prayers said by the people in the room. (Burton, Horne and the old man)

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    Re: Unction of the vultures

    The doctor was not a member of the Plymouth Brethren and he was nauseated by the unctiousness of the vultures (Burton and Web).
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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