I’m reading Goebbels by Ralf Georg Reuth and I was amused by this quote. Perhaps it’s the Lutheran in me.
(In reference to a cheerful regular visitor) This set him apart from the rest of the Goebbels family, who displayed the gloominess often ascribed to the people of the lower Rhine and sometimes explained as a product of the region’s monotonous landscape and deep-seated Catholicism. The simpler folk, to whom the Goebbels family belonged, received from their Catholic faith graphic images of an all-powerful God who chastised and rewarded people in this world, and showed himself all the more favorably disposed, the more often one said the rosary. Fearful of his wrath, they thought they had to show the humblest respect for God and his black-garbed servants on earth.
Yes, I realize that the grammar is a little screwy, but this is a translation from the original German text.
JIJAWM, you can start your fairytale rant. Dad29, I know… I know…