By Isaac Asimov
He's centimeters tall. He's fiery crimson. He has magical powers robust sufficient to break a regular 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 staggering wizardry. regrettably, Azazel refuses to do whatever for George's own achieve - yet he consents to assist out some of his friends.
This devilish number of tales follows the antic adventures - and misadventures - of Azazel and our beleaguered Mr Bitternut. advised with nice enjoyable and within the inimitable Asimov kind, Azazel makes for hours of natural impish pride.
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His ex-mistress sang cantatas at the local church, if that's the proper term. In those days I had quite an ear for music and would frequently go to these things (taking care to dodge the collection box, of course). I rather enjoyed hearing her sing and the audience seemed to absorb it politely enough. I thought at the time that her morals didn't quite suit the surroundings, but Mortenson said they made allowances for sopranos. So I consulted Azazel. He was quite willing to help; none of this nonsense, you know, of demanding my soul in exchange.
I'll take care of that, but it would be much easier if I had a material object on which to focus the abstraction. A photograph, in other words; one of the most inadequate kind, even; the sort I would expect of you. And only one copy, of course. ” Oh, well, he's frequently crotchety. I expect that's simply to establish the importance of his role and impress you with the fact that you must not take him for granted. I met the O'Donnells the next Sunday, on their way back from Mass. ) They were willing to let me snap a picture of them in their Sunday finery.
If I were you,” he added. ” I did so, rather in a daze, as George smiled and walked away. I didn't really mind the loss of the change. It occurred to me that George got only a meal, whereas I had a story I could tell as my own and which would earn me many times the cost of the meal. In fact, I decided to continue having dinner with him now and then. One Night of Song As it happens, I have a friend who hints, sometimes, that he can call up spirits from the vasty deep. Or at least one spirit — a tiny one, with strictly limited powers.
Azazel by Isaac Asimov