Loving Mephistopheles

When Jenny, a pretty but third-rate music-hall chanteuse in Edwardian London, remarks to her mentor and lover Leo, known also as the Great Pantoffsky, that she never wants to grow old she has no idea who he is.

Loving Mephistopheles

Author: Miranda Miller

Publisher: Peter Owen Limited

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Page: 285

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When Jenny, a pretty but third-rate music-hall chanteuse in Edwardian London, remarks to her mentor and lover Leo, known also as the Great Pantoffsky, that she never wants to grow old she has no idea who he is. But her contract to love him will reside at the Metaphysical Bank in High Street Kensington for ever. As Leo gleefully exploits the rich offerings of twentieth-century Europe - as a magician, fighter pilot, cocaine dealer and city banker - Jenny finds that the joys of eternal youth are more ambiguous than one might think. With the strain of constantly having to reinvent herself as her own offspring and watching friends, lovers and family live out their natural lives, she begins to regret her decision to sell her soul for immortality. But it is only when she becomes pregnant with a daughter that Leo's true nature and that of her pact with him are finally revealed.

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