‘The Devil's Elixirs (Die Elixiere des Teufels)’ was written by the influential German Romantic author of fantasy and horror Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann; published in 1815, the story was adopted from Matthew Gregory Lewis’s novel ‘The Monk’. The dark gothic romanticism of the story details the character of a Capuchin monk named Medardus. Entrusted with the devil's elixir, he gradually cannot resist its temptations resulting in the awakening his sexual desires for a young princess named Aurelie. This leads him to abandon his holy calling to wander aimlessly through the world, while battling his lunatic doppelganger.
E.T. A. Hoffmann. The Devil’s Elixir. 1815
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