Richard, who is now wrapped in a blanket, watches as Jacob returns from the statue base. "What is inside?" Jacob pours Richard some wine. "No one comes in, unless I invite them in." So, this is a vampire infested Hellmouth, Show? They drink their wine in quiet communion for a moment before Richard asks, "Are you the devil?" Just on Supernatural, Richard, and that show won't even exist for another 138 years. When Jacob denies being the devil, Richard asks who he is. " My name is Jacob. I'm the one who brought your ship to this island." Richard would like an explanation. Jacob takes another sip of wine and then sets down his cup and holds up the wine jug. "Think of this wine as what you keep calling Hell. There's many other names for it, too. Malevolence. Evil. Darkness. And here it is, swirling around in the bottle, unable to get out, because if it did, it would spread." Richard corks the bottle and continues. "The cork is this island, and it's the only think keeping the darkness where it belongs." He inverts the bottle, but the cork holds.
Jacob says, "That man who sent you to kill me believes everyone is corruptible because it's in their very nature to sin. I bring people here to prove him wrong. And when they get here. Their past doesn't matter." Like The Book of Job, with palm trees. It seems there were many others before Richard, but they're all dead. Richard wants to know why, if Jacob brought all those people to Craphole, he didn't help them. Jacob, currently a deist, says he wants them to help themselves. "...To know the difference between right and wrong without me having to tell them. It's meaningless to force them to do anything. Why should I have to step in?" Richard says, "If you don't, he will." Jacob's expression: Son of a bitch. He mulls over Richard's excellent point for a moment, and then asks, "Do want a job? [...] If I don't want to step in, maybe you can do it for me. You can be my representative and intermediary between me and the people I bring to the island." So is Jacob God and Richard Jesus, or is Jacob Jesus, and Richard is the Pope? I'm getting dizzy. Anyhow, Richard asks what he'll get in return. Jacob says to name it. "I want my wife back." Jacob can't do that. Probably not God. "Can you absolve me of my sins so I don't go to Hell?" Probably not Jesus. "Then I never want to die. I want to live forever." Jacob raises his eyebrows and nods. "Now that..." he reaches out and touches Richard on the shoulder. "...I can do." Hmm.