in Framley Parsonage

Chapter 42 – Touching Pitch

deus ex machina

This is a Latin phrase, translated from a Greek phrase, theos apo mekhanēs, which means “god from the machine.” It refers to a person in ancient Greek and Roman theater who would suddenly appear at a crucial moment in order to save someone from a detrimental situation.  Often, this would be a person who would be playing the part of a god and who would descend from above by means of a machine.  [MD 2005]