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Mephistopheles is flying over a city and looks back as if startled by a call from above
I like, at times, to hear The Ancient's word,
And have care to be most civil.
(Facing p. 15.)

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Mephistopheles is pictured flying over a city, naked, with a goat-like face, spread wings, and claw-like nails, looking back as if startled by a call from above.

The caption reads in French:

… De temps en temps j’aime à voir le vieux Père,
Et je me garde bien de lui rompre en visière…

The caption in English was taken from the translation of Faust by Bayard Taylor. New York: Arden Book Company, n.d.

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