There the action lies In his true nature, and we ourselves compelled, Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults, To give in evidence.

I’m curious about how this compulsion works.
So, the guilty sinner arrives at Saint Peter’s gate and instead of reading him his sins as is often represented in popular culture – Saint Peter goes, “So, anything you want to tell me?”
And the sinner shakes his head, trying still to hide his sins. And Saint Peter says, “Really?”
And then maybe, for fear of what might come next, or for fear of adding lying to the list, he might spill.
But there are likely some very intractable sinners – ones who’ve convinced themselves their evil deeds were all for the good or who’ve sublimated their ill works and forgotten them or who’ve been lying so long they simply cannot stop. . .
how does Saint Peter extract his evidence?
Does he bounce a tuning fork off their teeth that rings back truth?
Does he put one finger on the forehead that shakes forth all the ill deeds from the wind and sends them shooting from the mouths of sinners?
There are people in the world that are hard to lie to – maybe Saint Peter is an extreme version of that – where just his presence inspires confessions –
People confess to me all the time.
But I’m not hard to lie to, either.
No, saint Peter, I!


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