Live Deliciously

The spooky season might have come a little early in our house and we’ve started watching spooky films.

If you happen to have seen The Witch (2015), a particular line might have stood out to you. It’s just so memorable.

“Black Phillip,” a cute little goat who turns out to be the devil, tries to tempt our hero into witchcraft. He says to her:

Wouldst thou like taste of butter? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

I love the escalation and I admire the decisions made on the choice of words. Butter and a dress, luxuries in the 17th Century and heart-breaking to the modern viewer, give way quickly to “living deliciously,” which could mean any level of erotic decadence.

“A taste of butter” sounds almost sexual by the end of the offer. “A pretty dress” ties innocence to sexuality. It’s all very devious. Deviousness is obviously what one would expect of the devil but, since most recent horror films are poorly thought-out rubbish, it’s a rare treat to get this kind of literary attention to detail.

Anyway, I would like to tempt you, madam, with a life of deliciousness. Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

If the Puritan mode of hard work for little reward isn’t working out for you, come on over to my place. You know you want to.


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Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

3 Responses to “Live Deliciously”

  1. Sarah says:

    Is it just too late to pledge? Tried the website and the options to buy are greyed out

  2. Too late! But you’re not the only one who missed it. Stay tuned to this blog for other ways to order it. I’ll try to remember to email you when one is available, but keep an eye on the Substack newsletter too.

  3. Hi Sarah. You can now order it at

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