Poe, “Bon-Bon (1832)

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The devil, who needs no eyes to see better than anyone, visits the pretentious corpulent philosopher and restaurateur Pierre Bob-Bon. The two have¬† an evening’s conversation that sounds like an 1832 version of a Robin Williams appearance on Letterman: plenty of puns, jokes, one-upmanship, lots of drinking. The devil tells the increasingly drunk Pierre that he likes to eat souls, and has devoured those of Aristotle, Plato and Voltaire:¬†de gustibus: the devil rejects Pierre’s offer of his own soul, not wanting to take advantage of a drunk man.

Broadway Journal, 1832, Tales, 1845