Serving in Salonika in 1917, Stanley wrote home : An
Irishman asked me what I thought of the 'afterlife'. I said that as the very
being of joy exists in that it is eternal, it is only reasonable to suppose
that life which only lives by joy must necessariily be eternal.
Stanley does not tell us if the questioner understood his reply. One may surely be forgiven for presuming that he did not!