But even then how merciful was God! He took pity on our poor degraded parents and promised that in the fullness of time He would send down from heaven One who would redeem them, make them once more children of God and heirs to the kingdom of heaven: and that One, that Redeemer of fallen man, was to be God's only begotten Son, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Eternal Word. XVII I went so far, in the evening, as to make a beginning. And let the dead marry the dead. That was called charcoal: and it had burned quietly as the fellow had swung it gently and had given off a weak sour smell.