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schlemiel

and schlemihl and shlemiel (ʃləˈmil)
n. a gullible person; a loser. (From Hebrew Shelumiel via Yiddish.) See if you can get that schlemiel to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

schlemihl

verb
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If peace cannot be maintained with honor 'mid pleasures and palaces, every man paddle his own Peter Schlemihl.
In The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl (1814), Adelbert von Chamisso told the tale of a man who sells his shadow to the devil in exchange for a bottomless wallet, only to realize that a man without a shadow is a man with no identity.
Instead of selling his shadow to the devil like Peter Schlemihl in Chamisso's tale, Tom sold his body to someone seeking entry to the new virtual Japan.
14) Adelbert von Chamisso's 1814 tale Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte (English titles include Peter Schlemihl and The Shadowless Man) describes how a man sells his shadow and therefore his soul to the Devil.
17) Other important examples include a short novel by Adelbert Chamisso, Peter Schlemihl, written in German and published in 1814, about a man who sells his shadow for endless wealth; Edgar Allen Poe's short story "William Wilson" and Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Sharer.
Hoffmann, Peter Schlemihl a vendu son ombre au diable et traverse la narration sans reflet sur le sol.
1), to the harrowing wartime reenactment of the German Romantic tale of Peter Schlemihl (Fig.
The Venetian plot is obscured by a melange of new and recycled numbers: Giulietta has a pointless aria, after which Dappertutto taunts Schlemihl with the loss of his shadow -- a scene rendered silly on video because the shadow, while invisible to the theater audience, is clearly visible on camera.
Jean Paul is the guiding spirit in the pastiche on Holderlin's sojourn to Bordeaux; Peter Schlemihl presides over a journey to Australia, where the protagonist wants to learn to jump over his shadow and arrive at "the other side"; Herr Preetz, living in the present, follows Wilhelm Lehmann's Bukolisches Tagebuch on his way into a gruesomely contemporary death.
Chamisso's romantic narrative The Fantastic Tale of Peter Schlemihl (1814), in which the protagonist, after making a pact with the devil, must live without a shadow, that is, must live with a characteristic of the demonic, or to Patrick Suskind's postmodern novel Perfume, in which the protagonist is born devoid of a personal odor and spends his whole life in an obsessive quest to cure this deficit.