Synopsis: Minor god Trente’s job is to bring pain and suffering to life forms across all universes. After long time without emotional involvement, he wants to understand what pain feels like. For one night, he visits a devastated sculptor on Earth who has lost his ability. Joy without pain is nothing, so pain is a blessing.
Review: Ying and yang, light and shadow, joy and pain – this conclusions will stay for a longer time. It is one of Ellison’s intellectually easier stories, albeit a bit heavy-handed.