"It is not thought that the life of darkness is sunk in misery and lost as if in sorrowing. There is no sorrowing. For sorrow is a thing that is swallowed up in death, and death and dying are the very life of the darkness"
Jakob Böhme (c. April 24, 1575 – November 17, 1624)
Public DomainJakob Böhme (c. April 24, 1575 – November 17, 1624) - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The novel's second epigraph is taken from Six Theosophical Points, a typically esoteric work of theosophy written by the German Christian mystic and theologian Jakob Böhme (English spelling, Jacob Boehme).

The main concern of Böhme’s writing was the nature of sin, evil and redemption. Although some of his writing was consistent with Lutheran theology, he generally departed significantly from accepted theology, inspiring the 17th Century European Christian movement of Behmenism.

He would also greatly influence the German Romantics, who considered Böhme a forerunner to the movement, as well as poets from John Milton to William Blake. His influence upon German philosophers from Baader to Schopenhauer was such that Hegel dubbed him 'the first German philosopher.'

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