|“||Of course it didn't work. It could never work for you, Mr. Feathersmith; shall I tell you why? Because you are a wheeler and a dealer. A financier and a pusher. A brain, a manipulator, a raider. Because you are a taker instead of a builder. A conniver instead of a designer. An exploiter instead of an inventor. A user instead of a bringer.||„|
|~ Miss Devlin explains why William Feathersmith is having no luck in Cliffordville.|
"Miss Devlin" is the main antagonist of The Twilight Zone episode "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville". A travel agent who lives on the top floor of William J. Feathersmith's building, she is really one of many incarnations of the devil in The Twilight Zone. She offers Feathersmith the chance to travel back in time so that he can become a successful businessman a second time. However, she does not accept Feathersmith's soul do to the fact that she will eventually take it anyway, instead requesting Feathersmith liquidate his fortune and give the better half to her. Feathersmith gleefully accepts, but upon trying to restart his business, he runs into numerous complications. Later in the episode, Miss Devlin appears to Feathersmith, needling him for having built his whole career on using and hurting other people whilst creating nothing worthwhile himself. When Feathersmith begs Miss Develin to take him back to the present, she agrees to do so if he can afford the train ticket. Feathersmith sells a piece of land that he owns that has oil under it (it would be drilled in 1937) to a young man and buys the train ticket, leaving Cliffordville a broken man.
She is portrayed by Julie Mewmar, who also played Catwoman in the 1960s Batman live action TV series.
When we first see her, see is a rather beautiful woman with piercing eyes and a spiked travel hat. Soon however, we discover that she has horns, revealing her true identity as the Devil. Later, she wears a black dress and a bonnet.
When we first meet Miss Devlin, she greets William J. Feathersmith in her office. Though indignant at having an office in his building he did not know about, he is utterly shocked upon discovering she is a female Devil. Miss Devlin then offers to give him what he wants: the chance to go back to a town called Cliffordville, where he had spent his youth and had his start as a bussinessman. Nostalgic for the town as he remembered it and wishing to go back and claim his success all over again, Feathersmith agrees to make a deal with Miss Devlin. He offers her his soul, but she points out that, after all the wicked deeds he's done throughout his life, his soul is damned to Hell and is not his to offer. Instead, she demands that he liquidate his fortune and give the better part of it to her. He reluctantly does so, and is seemingly de-aged to a young form and sent back to Cliffordville.
Later, Feathersmith runs into Miss Develin, who needles him for having built his whole career on using and hurting other people whilst creating nothing worthwhile himself. He begs Miss Develin to take him back to the present, having realized the complications that came with their deal. She agrees to do so only if he can afford the train ticket. Feathersmith sells a piece of land that he owns that has oil under it (it would be drilled in 1937) to a young man and buys the train ticket, leaving Cliffordville and returning to the present in disgrace. This creates an alternate timeline where his former janitor, Mr. Hecate, founds his corporation and Feathersmith is forced to accept the mockery he once made to Hecate himself.
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