“All witchcraft comes from carnal lust,which is in women insatiable”
. Any ugly and repulsive old woman, in awicked league with the devil.
. A beautiful and attrac-tive young woman, in wickedness a league beyond thedevil. —Ambrose Bierce,
The Devil’s Dictionary
many misconceptions of which I must disabuseyou, but the most offensive concerns the wands and warts andblack pointed caps. Some of us may be wizened and ratherhairy in unfortunate places, but we’re certainly no uglier than the restof you lumps.I look grandmotherly enough myself though, for it’s a rare morn-ingIdon’tnabaseatontheuptown103—andwhenI
compelledtostand, the respectable citizens around me will grouse on my behalf atthe bad manners of those buffoons claiming knee injuries or feigningdeafness. As I disembark I wish the respectable ones a pleasant day,and I can see I remind them of their dear great-aunties. Don’t I looklike the sort who bakes oatmeal cookies by the gross, slips a ﬁver intoyour birthday card? Nobody ever has an inkling, do they?SomenightsIridethebusathirdtime,butyouwouldn’trecognizeme then. I’ll tell you how I do it. First I run a crooked foreﬁnger over