"Well, I never yet heard of the dev -- of your claiming American citizenship," said Dan'l Webster with surprise.
"And who with better right?" said the stranger, with one of his terrible smiles. "When the first wrong was done to the first Indian, I was there. When the first slaver put out for the Congo, I stood on her deck. Am I not in your books and stories and beliefs, from the first settlements on? Am I not spoken of, still, in every church in New England? 'Tis true the North claims me for a Southerner, and the South for a Northerner, but I am neither. I am merely an honest American like yourself-and of the best descent-for, to tell the truth, Mr. Webster, though I don't like to boast of it, my name is older in this country than yours."
"Aha!" said Dan'l Webster, with the veins standing out in his forehead. "Then I stand on the Constitution! I demand a trial for my client!"
"The case is hardly one for an ordinary court," said the stranger, his eyes flickering. "And, indeed, the lateness of the hour-"
"Let it be any court you choose, so it is an American judge and an American jury!" said Dan'l Webster in his pride. "Let it be the quick or the dead; I'll abide the issue!"
-The Devil And Daniel Webster, Stephen Vincent Benet [link]
Work done entirely in Photoshop CS3, all source images are public domain, or have been allowed for commercial use.
And for those wondering, that would indeed be none other than the infamous mug of John Scalzi ( [link]
) playing the part of Old Scratch in this. The author did indeed give permission for his satanic likeness to be used in this image.Also, for the OHMYGOD TONS of you coming over from Scalzi's blog- Hiya! Feel free to take a look around here in general- if you like this piece, there's a good number of ones in a similar style to this that you may enjoy as well.