By Isaac Asimov
He's centimeters tall. He's fiery pink. He has magical powers powerful adequate to break a standard human's life...all with the easiest intentions, of course.
George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist stumbles onto an historic incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of brilliant 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 selection of tales follows the antic adventures - and misadventures - of Azazel and our beleaguered Mr Bitternut. advised with nice enjoyable and within the inimitable Asimov sort, Azazel makes for hours of natural impish delight.
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Maybe I can help,” I said, for my heart was still bleeding for him. “I can make use of a spirit with quite extraordinary powers. ” I told him about Azazel and, of course, he believed me. I’ve often noticed that I carry conviction when I tell a tale. Now when you tell a story, old man, the air of disbelief that descends upon the room is thick enough to cut with a chain saw, but it’s not that way with me. There’s nothing like a reputation for probity and an air of honest directness. His eyes glittered as I told him.
Not at all. It will scarcely surface as a conscious odor but it will have its effect en the female of the species in the form of a dim and atavistic desire to come closer and to smile. ” “The very thing, then,” I said, “for I am certain that young Theophilus will give a good account of himself. ” That Azazerel’s treatment was effective I discovered when I next stumbled upon Theophilus. It was at a sidewalk café. It took me a moment to see him, for what initially attracted my attention was a group of young women distributed in circular symmetry.
He said. “I can manage you a good half-carat stone of the first water by rearranging the atoms in a small piece of coal — but irresistibility to women? ” said I, trying to be helpful. ” “Well, let me think. Human beings,” said Azazel, “secrete pheromones. Of course, with your modern penchant for bathing at every opportunity and for drenching yourselves in artificial scent, you are scarcely aware of the natural way of inspiring sentiment. ” “Not at all. It will scarcely surface as a conscious odor but it will have its effect en the female of the species in the form of a dim and atavistic desire to come closer and to smile.