Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tales: Bon-Bon

(originally published as “The Bargain Lost” in December 1832 in Philadelphia Saturday Courier)

The main character of this satirical story is an owner and chef of a French restaurant named Bon-Bon (French for small candies or sweets). He is also a philosopher, and is considered a genius. One night while Bon-Bon is drinking (he also likes to drink), the devil shows up, wearing an outdated black suit and green glasses. Bon-Bon tries to start a philosophical discussion with the devil in the hopes of attaining some wisdom from him, but the conversation takes a strange turn…

Summary written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Title links to the full text of the story.

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