By Isaac Asimov
He's centimeters tall. He's fiery pink. He has magical powers powerful sufficient to break a typical human's life...all with the easiest intentions, of course.
George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist stumbles onto an historical incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of remarkable wizardry. regrettably, Azazel refuses to do something for George's own achieve - yet he has the same opinion to aid out some of his friends.
This devilish choice of tales follows the antic adventures - and misadventures - of Azazel and our beleaguered Mr Bitternut. instructed with nice enjoyable and within the inimitable Asimov kind, Azazel makes for hours of natural impish delight.
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I tried to explain but, for a demon, he can be very dense. He kept staring at me as though I were not explaining every bit of the game with luminous clarity. ” “Certainly,” I said. “There will be a game tonight. ” “Fine,” said Azazel. “Call me back when you are ready to leave for the game. Right now I must finish my zymjig,” by which I suppose he meant his Turkish bath — and he disappeared. I must admit that I find it most irritating to have someone place his puny and parochial affairs ahead of the matters of great moment in which I am engaged — which reminds me, old man, that the waiter seems to be trying to attract your attention.
Suppose you could see it all in its full glory for just three hours — and then be blind again! You could stand your blindness if you knew nothing else. But to know something else briefly and then return to blindness? No one could stand that. That woman has never sung again, of course. But that’s only part of it. The real tragedy was to us, to the members of the audience. We had perfect music for three hours, perfect music. Do you think we could ever again bear to listen to anything less than that?
Could I drop in and have lunch with her? I held back and pointed out that it would be indiscreet. What would the neighbors think? “Oh, that’s silly,” she said. ” It seemed to me she was suppressing a sob as she said that. Well, one must be a gentleman, so I was in her sunny little apartment at lunch time. She had prepared ham and cheese sandwiches and slivers of apple pie, and there was the photograph on the record player as she had said. She shook hands with me and made no attempt to kiss me, which would have relieved me were it not for the fact that I was too disturbed at her appearance to feel any relief.
Azazel by Isaac Asimov