I have found a link to an English translation of the Baudelaire story that inspired the "greatest trick the devil ever pulled" line from "The Usual Suspects".
Someone else has noted that you can also find an inspiration for this line from Goethe's Faust Pt 1. In chapter VI the Witch calls Mephistopheles Satan, but he admonishes her and explains with pride that he has disguised himself so well over time that he has become only a name in fable.
The Generous Gambler seems to be about a Faustian pact as well.
Monday, July 11, 2005
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