Last Words: Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

The great American revolutionary Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and The Rights of Man, died at age 72 on June 8, 1809. He is remembered for such quotes as:

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”

“The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will … shrink from the service of his country …”

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

The following two-diagram puzzle features one version of the famous unbeliever’s last words, apparently addressed to a priest who approached his deathbed to offer last rites.

(Note: Diagram 2 involves one wraparound or hidden adjacency: Even though the letters do not appear to be adjacent, G is adjacent to M, P is adjacent to H, and T is adjacent to E.)

 Diagram 1:

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Diagram 2:

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