and I'm starting to think it's either misattributed or simply wrong. Help!
The quote is from the scene where the anarchists walk up to an elderly man sitting on a bench. He says
"What was missing was felt irretrievable. The extreme uncertainties of subsisting without working made excesses necessary and breaks definitive. To quote Stevenson: 'Suicide carried off many. Drink and the devil... took care of the rest.'
As far as I can tell, the phrase "Drink and the devil took care of the rest" is actually a corruption of the pirate shanty in Treasure Island
, which goes "Drink and the devil had done
for the rest."
But I can't find the phrase "Suicide carried off many," in Stevenson anywhere, and I tried Project Gutenberg.
Thing is, if you do a search for the alleged quote, it turns up attributed to Stevenson all over the place, but they're all after Waking Life
was released in 2001, so they could well be propagating the misquotation/misattribution.
Does anyone have more definitive information about the origin of this quote? Or of the whole line?