Marvelous lifted his glass in their direction and asked, “Do you know what Bertrand Russell said about mystics?”

“I do not,” said Amanda, ripping the lettuce as gently as if she feared it might cry “ouch.” John Paul continued to let jungle murmurings escape his flute.

“Russell said that there is no difference between those men who eat too little and see Heaven and those who drink too much and see snakes.” Marvelous leered sardonically into his wine.

“The difference,” said Amanda serenely, “is that one of them sees Heaven and the other sees snakes.”

-- Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction