I am Shiloh, whose box you stole. Your godmother's sickness lies in your own keeping, you can heal her in a moment. Make me your slave, and I must do your will.'
'You can do this,' Sheila said, 'without my taking a gift from you; you are wise and skilled. O do it, sir, and I will bless your name for ever.'
'Pooh! what is the good of that?' said he. 'No, I serve a master, the King of Kings, but we are emptiness itself without your mortal alloy. Do as I bid and I will serve you like a queen. And if you fear me you have only to put me to sleep and I shall sleep for seven hundred years.'
'No,' said the tempted girl slowly, 'not even for godmother can I do this; you are full of evil. Lies, lies! Why do you lie so?'
'O,' Shiloh said, 'because I am weary, and dissimulation is stimulation.'
'I don't understand that.'
'Well, it is so.' He yawned and yawned. 'Besides, I am the Other Side of things. All you think good may be bad, all you think bad may be good.'
'And I don't understand that.'
Shiloh replied: 'Strong meat for men and lily buds for maids; did Ajax feed on apples?'
'I beg your pardon, sir,' said Sheila.
A.E. Coppard (Dusky Ruth: And Other Stories)