Come out of them

Stephen's gently wise self-admonition, "Come out of them, Stephen. Beauty is not there," is one of the more memorable passages in Proteus. Thornton hears a possible allusion to passages in the gospels in which Jesus commands devils to come out of people who have been possessed. The connection seems improbable, but it is supported by another biblical allusion, Stephen's prayer in Scylla and Charybdis, "O Lord, help my unbelief."

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Christ Exorcising a Mute, by Gustave Doré (1865). Source: Wikimedia Commons.