Abel was son of a preacher and gained his theological education in Braunschweig and Helmstedt. In 1696 he became rector in Osterburg, in 1698 at the Johannisschule in Halberstadt. In 1718 he became preacher in Westdorf near Aschersleben where he died in 1763.
Abel was curious and was told that, near Alencon, it was perfectly possible to literally 'go to hell' because there was a place nearby, in the Forest of Percain, known as Hell Valley.
Mindful of Caspar's importance as the grogs' principle trainer, William hinted to Floristan that it might be a good idea to forbid the man to risk himself in the contest, but Floristan did not seem to think it important.
Caspar survived unharmed and acquitted himself rather well, though not well enough to win Abel his bet; the wrestling was more ceremonial than serious, as it turned out, but that does not excuse Floristan.
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