This darkness may be shot with some measure of elect light, but it is a rather pale light compared to "that light unsufferable
" of the Son's unmediated glory.
Astell betrays her great cleverness in later levying the charge against her nameless opponent, clearly Locke, repesentative of the country gentleman, of "unsufferable
His first glimpse of the Usher mansion provokes "a sense of unsufferable
gloom." As he describes it, the house resembles a giant face or skull with "eye-like windows" and hairlike "minute fungi" that almost seem to hold the decayed building together, as well as a "barely perceptible fissure" that threatens to rip it apart.
That glorious form, that light unsufferable
, And that far-beaming blaze of majesty, Whereith he wont at heaven's high council-table, To sit the midst of trinal unity, He laid aside; and here with us to be, Forsook the courts of everlasting day, And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.
The Shape of Things to Come has none of the self-indulgent whining, conniving and desperation of the protagonists of Helen Fielding's (utterly unsufferable
in my estimation) Bridget Jones series or Candace Bushnell's (at least entertaining) Sex and the City and 4 Blondes.