Study of Beelzebub's Tales




42 Beelzebub in America


“Having said this with a perceptive impulse of heartfelt grief, he paused a while to puff at his cigarette mixed with ‘Tambak,’ and, taking this opportunity, I asked him as follows:


“‘And every normal Persian—normal in the sense of not being under the influence of tambak, alcohol, or opium, the consumption of which has in recent times been unfortunately spreading among us ever more and more—can always unmistakedly tell which woman represents a “woman-mother” and which a “woman-female,” that is, a prostitute.