All the rest, I mean the mineral kingdom and the world of spirits, if such a world exists, is perhaps insentient and calm, well beyond our joys and our pain, or as yet incapable of them.  Our tribulations, my lord Prior, are possibly only an infinitesimal exception to the fabric of this universe, and thus we could explain the indifference of that immutable substance which we devoutly call God.’

The Prior repressed a shudder. ‘What you suggest is terrifying,’ he answered.