TC TO MR. HODGKIN; 8 March 1822; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18220300-TC-MRH-01; CL 2:58-59.
TC TO MR. HODGKIN
I do not say that Byron took the idea (of the wicked and clever remarks in “Don Juan”) from Mephistopheles;1 it is unhappily easy for many a one to find such ideas nearer home if he is blackguard enough to indulge in them. I only meant to say that Byron might have found his fundamental conception realised already in Goethe's play. The Diable Boiteux (of Le Sage)2 is a very pretty little fellow but no devil, rather a smirking little French Abbé.