Richardson notes "the crowning irony" in the second half of Spirit's monologue, which is that "Spirit describes Heaven in the very material terms she has just scorned." She speaks of her royal robes, precious stones, royal walls, and sparkling rivers. Spirit asserts that the pursuit these things is not inherently wrong, but that she prefers the eternal versions. The City where Spirit will eventually dwell for eternity is free from "sickness and infirmity" and "darksome night," but Flesh cannot go there.
This list also includes twenty-five princes and princesses (among them the heirs apparent of Belgium , Brunei , and Japan ), thirty-four dukes , nineteen marquesses , eighty-two earls and countesses , forty-six viscounts and viscountesses , and 188 barons and baronesses ; 246 bishops ( Anglican and Catholic); 291 Members of Parliament (excluding MPs who were subsequently peers), eleven Members of the European Parliament (excluding MEPs also serving at Westminster), twelve Lord Chancellors , nine Lord Chief Justices and twenty-two law lords ; ten US Senators , ten US Representatives (including a Speaker of the House ), three state governors , and four associate justices of the US Supreme Court ; as well as six puisne justices of the Supreme Court of Canada and a chief justice of the now defunct Federal Court of Canada .