Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

Once you are dancing with the devil, the prettiest capers won't help you.
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. "Princess Brambilla," Three Märchen of Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, p. 122, ed. and trans. by Charles E. Passage, University of South Carolina Press (1971).

Hoffmann, as narrator, about his central figure, the vain tragedian Giglio Fava, as prisoner of love's devilishly seductive power.
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