My Christmas Caller, or the Prescription of Sieur Asmodeus
Le Diable Boiteux— the limping devil— is from the romance of that name by Alain René Lesage, published in 1707. Named Asmodeus, he performs for the hero of the novel the same sort of services that he does for Kipling’s narrator. ‘The Land of Regrets’ is the title and refrain of a poem by the Indian civil servant, Sir Alfred Lyall.
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