Study of Beelzebub's Tales




31 The Sixth and Last Sojourn of Beelzebub on the Planet Earth


“At the outset, these said representatives of the contemporary solid communities, why I don’t know, fixed their choice of a common planetary language on one of the three following languages existing at present, called: ‘Ancient Greek,’ ‘Latin,’ and… the language newly composed by the contemporary beings, ‘Esperanto.’


“And in regard to the third language which these assembled representatives also proposed making the common planetary language, namely, that language which they call Esperanto—over it there did not indeed then arise among them even their usual squabbles which they characterize with the words ‘foaming-at-the-mouth’—they themselves, with all the bobtailedness of their reason, immediately reflected that this language could not now in any way be useful for their purpose.


“This new invention there, this language Esperanto, might however do for our highly esteemed Mullah Nassr Eddin for composing the amusing anecdotes he tells his hens…!