“Virtue is money. Competition is worship. Work is church.” Perhaps you should consider writing a book in the horror genre, for your phrase above is terrifying and all-too-accurate in its indictment of modern-day Mammon…

…and your final two sentences, “It’s a hell of a hat trick. It’s a hell of a mill.” is the perfect summation thereof (and “perfect” is a word I very rarely use).

On a side note, the writer in me will always remember for myself the example of how you were able to use “hell” in such a way that the first was an idiomatic noun used almost as an interjection, while the second was a specifically descriptive noun, the effect of which was made all the more devastating by the former. Nicely done!

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.