A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

‘He had to undress and then kneel and say his own prayers and be in bed before the gas was lowered so that he might not go to hell when he died. He rolled his stockings off and put on his nightshirt quickly and knelt trembling at his bedside and repeated his prayers quickly, quickly, fearing that the gas would go down.’

Having never read this book before, this completely threw me for a loop because is this a figment of his imagination? Is it something he was told as a child and took for fact? The idea that he would go to hell for not saying his prayers before bed is something that shows how ingrained the church is into his brain.

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