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The narrator, presented as the author himself, is dismayed by literary critics saying that he has never written a moral tale. The narrator then begins telling the story of his friend Toby Dammit. Dammit is described as a man of many vices, presumably at least in part due to his left-handed mother flogging him with her left hand, considered improper. Dammit often made rhetoThe narrator, presented as the author himself, is dismayed by literary critics saying that he has never written a moral tale. The narrator then begins telling the story of his friend Toby Dammit. Dammit is described as a man of many vices, presumably at least in part due to his left-handed mother flogging him with her left hand, considered improper. Dammit often made rhetorical bets, becoming fond of the expression "I'll bet the devil my head." Though the narrator tries to break Dammit of bad habits, he fails. Nevertheless, the two remain friends.While traveling one day, they come across a covered bridge. It is gloomy and dark, lacking windows. Dammit, however, is unaffected by its gloom and is in an unusually good mood. As they cross the bridge, they are stopped by a turnstile partway across. Dammit bets the devil his head that he can leap over it. Before the narrator can reply, a cough alerts them to the presence of a little old man. The old man is interested in seeing if Dammit is capable of making such a leap and offers him a good running start. The narrator thinks to himself that it is improper for an old man to push Dammit into making the attempt—"I don't care who the devil he is," he adds.The narrator watches as Dammit makes a perfect jump, though directly above the turnstile he falls backwards. The old man quickly grabs something and limps away. The narrator, upon checking on his friend, sees that Dammit's head is gone ("what might be termed a serious injury"). He realizes that just above the turnstile, lying horizontally, was a sharp iron bar that happened to be lying at just the spot where his friend's neck hit when he jumped. The narrator sends for the "homeopathists", who "did not give him little enough physic, and what little they did give him he hesitated to take. So in the end he grew worse, and at length died". After the bill for his funeral expenses is left unpaid, the narrator has Dammit's body dug up and sold for dog meat....

Title : never bet the devil your head
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ISBN : 16394045
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Number of Pages : 16 Pages
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never bet the devil your head Reviews

  • Sundus HameedUllah Khan
    2019-04-26 08:02

    A boy named Toby Dammit would always bet his head to the devil for everything and one day it came true. It is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe written in response to the criticism that he faced regarding his work.

  • Fernando
    2019-05-27 10:07

    Moraleja: hay batallas que se pierden desde el inicio

  • Katy
    2019-05-16 11:10

    This short story is part of The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe.My Synopsis: Mr. Toby Dammit has always been a troubled young man--due to his mother being left-handed and that rather then beating the evil out of him, she inadvertently beat it in--fond of drink and women and especially gambling. Unfortunately, one should never bet the devil his head...My Thoughts: Oh my, this is one of the funniest things I've read in ages! I was rolling right from the start... Poe is best known, of course, for chilling Gothics and moody, beautiful poetry, but a lot of people don't realize he was also a brilliant satirist and wit, and this short piece shows exactly why he was so considered. Wonderfully, wickedly, hilariously funny!

  • Jess
    2019-05-13 09:12

    Sometimes I forget how great a satirist Poe was, and this story just proves it. "I bedewed his grave with my tears, worked a bar sinister on his family escutcheon, and for the general expenses of his funeral sent in my very moderate bill to the transcendentalists. The scoundrels refused to pay, so I had Mr. Dammit dug up at once, and sold him for dog’s meat. "

  • Alexis Chateau
    2019-05-15 04:58

    "I felt particularly puzzled, and when a man is particularly puzzled he must knit his brows and look savage, or else he is pretty sure to look like a fool..."That was my favourite part. Everything else sounded self-righteous to me. I imagine it was the thoughts of the people in high school and college who tried (and failed) to bully me out of my dark make-up, black clothing, rock music and coloured hair. To each their own.

  • Isaac
    2019-04-27 10:10

    This book is funny. I was laughing so hard. Also, what the heck kind of name is Toby D*mmit?

  • Rayne
    2019-05-15 06:45

    Very, very clever Mr. Poe. Dark Romantics: 1 , Transcendentalists: 0

  • Brendy
    2019-05-02 08:44

    Not what iI've expected . Still prefering the Tell -Tale heart.

  • Vane J.
    2019-05-19 10:05

    Oh, Poe, you and your sense of humour.

  • Skylar Derrick
    2019-05-15 12:57

    I laughed so hard! Everyone remembers Poe for his broody, atmospheric poems, and they forget how funny and clever and satirical Poe can be. A new favorite of mine!

  • Giwrgos Preftitsis
    2019-04-29 08:10

    Από τον ποε περίμενα κάτι καλύτερο, όπως πολλή καλά ξέρουμε ότι ο ποε έχει κάνει κάποια πολύ καλά βιβλία και γενικά η γραφή του είναι πολύ ιδιεταιρη και μερικές φορές πολύπλοκη. Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι αρκετά έξυπνο με μαύρο χιούμορ αλλά σε κουράζει, βεβαία είναι ένα καλό βιβλίο για να αρχίσεις να διαβάζεις ποε αλλά είναι πολλά μυθιστορήματα που δεν βγάζουν κανένα νόημα είναι ένα μέτριο μικρό βιβλίο που ναι μεν έχει κάποιες καλές στιγμές αλλά εγώ προσωπικά δεν τρελάθηκα περίμενα κάτι διαφορετικό!

  • Ebster Davis
    2019-05-15 09:45

    "I can call to mind only the beads of his discourse. He would be obliged to me if I would hold my tongue. He wished none of my advice. He despised all my insinuations. He was old enough to take care of himself. Did I still think him baby Dammit? Did I mean to say any thing against his character? Did I intend to insult him? Was I a fool?Was my maternal parent aware, in a word, of my absence from the domiciliary residence? He would put this latter question to me as to a man of veracity, and he would bind himself to abide by my reply. Once more he would demand explicitly if my mother knew that I was out. My confusion, he said, betrayed me, and he would be willing to bet the Devil his head that she did not.Mr. Dammit did not pause for my rejoinder. Turning upon his heel, he left my presence with undignified precipitation. It was well for him that he did so. My feelings had been wounded. Even my anger had been aroused. For once I would have taken him up upon his insulting wager. I would have won for the Arch-Enemy Mr. Dammit's little head—forthe fact is, my mamma was very well aware of my merely temporary absence from home."BAHAHAHHAHAHhhHAhahhahahahaHHAHHHAHA!!!!!!!

  • Anano Aspanidze
    2019-05-19 11:10

    "აქეთ გორასა წიხლსა ვკრავ, იქით გორასა ძვრას ვუზამ" + "რაც მოგივა დავითაო (ნუ, ფსონითაო), ყველა შენი თავითაო" რომ მოთხრობა იყოს.• „[იმის შემდეგ, რაც თავი დაკარგა] დიდხანს ვერ გაძლო ამ საშინელი დანაკარგის შემდეგ. სათანადო დოზით არ აძლევდნენ ჰომეოპათები წამლებს და რასაც აძლევდნენ, იმასაც არ სვამდა. ბოლოს ისე შეიქნა, რომ მოკვდა კიდეც; გაკვეთილი იყოს ეს ამბავი სადავიდარაბო გართობის მოყვარულთათვის. ცრემლები ვღვარე მის საფლავზე, კეტით დავამშვენე მისი საგვარეულო გერბი და მისი დაკრძალვის ამ მცირეოდენი ხარჯების ანგარიში ტრანსცენდენტალისტებს გავუგზავნე. იმ გარეწრებს ანგარიში არ გაუსწორებიათ, მაშინ ბატონი ჯანაბოუ ამოვთხარე და გავყიდე ძაღლების სახორცედ“

  • David Doyle
    2019-05-11 06:09

    I never imagined Edgar Allan Poe as a comedian, but this has many jokes. In this story, Mr. Poe has a friend named Tony Dammit, a surname begging to be used for comic effect. Dammit has a habit of using the phrase "I'll bet the devil my head". Apparently, this bet gets put to the test with unfortunate results for Dammit who suffers "what might be termed a serious injury."In reality, this is a farce aimed at critics of the author and at the end of this story, he singles out 'transcendentalists' who apparently think he never writes a moral tale so he's written a tongue-in-cheek moral story to skewer them & their criticisms.

  • Shacoria
    2019-05-16 07:55

    This story was apparently written by Poe because people accused him of never writing a story that had a moral. So, he wrote this story with the moral to "never bet the devil your head." This short story was very amusing at times. I enjoyed that the character who made a bet with the devil was called Dammit. It is a nice little play on words. I enjoyed when Poe was talking about Mr. Dammit as a baby. The ending was pretty good as well. Overall, this is an okay story with some really funny parts and a nice moral.

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-05-16 10:42

    For such an amusing story, this has a shockingly violent end! The tone at the beginning reminds me of Mark Twain, especially in the exaggerations. But then the story gets to the end and it's just WOAH. Wasn't expecting that!Despite the little jolt at the end, it's a really funny story to read. I think this could work really well as a fireside story. The exaggeration would be great for a more bombastic storyteller.This story is in the public domain. I listened to a free audio production from Librivox.

  • Macey Vaught
    2019-05-07 09:53

    This story by Edgar Allan Poe definitely fit the mold of his stories being dark and twisted. I enjoyed the read because it came together and told a moral at the end, but the way in which he presented it was somewhat disturbing because it was presented literally. The basic moral of the story is to never joke around with betting something serious, like your head, because it might just come true and you will have to pay up, like the poor man in the story did.

  • Abby
    2019-05-15 04:45

    Poe's wit is at it's greatest in this story. The humor was so dry and clever. I could just feel his sarcasm exuding from the pages. The name of the character, being a cuss word, just made me laugh. I loved the way he lost his head and how Poe dryly explains that he was given medicine but was not able to take it so he died. Just funny.

  • Viji(Bookish endeavors)
    2019-05-25 09:45

    For those who like to find a moral in every story- you are in for a bang in this story. Poe uses his underused sense of humor to silence these moral- seekers. The story has a different touch and the element of horror is dark and humorous at the same time. Enjoyable.

  • Karen
    2019-05-13 10:01

    I can never Fault on any of Edgar Allan Poe's workThe Tell-Tale Heart is still my favorite piece of work by him.this one is still as expected a really good short story !

  • Max
    2019-05-06 06:05

    Four and a half stars.

  • Cynda
    2019-05-24 10:11

    Entertaining w Transendentalists, literatalists, moralists. I wish the devil-in-the-hend wheve better developed a character. Without that characterization, 2 stars.

  • Montserrat Aportela Letona
    2019-05-21 08:00

    Absolutely brillant. Magnificent little story!

  • Marilin
    2019-05-06 10:50

    Cuento de humor con moraleja.

  • Marijose Sole A
    2019-05-11 12:48

    No es tan profunda como otros cuentos de Poe, aun así me gusta para develar una tarde ordinaria dentro de la cabeza del artista.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-20 13:12

    LOVE THESE! Had a multi CD collection of Poe's work. EXCELLENT

  • Ekaterina Egorova
    2019-04-27 11:49

    Too much snobbish stuff, to my like. He beats even Fowles in this on the first two pages))