A huntsman who sold himself to Zamiel, the Black Huntsman. The
night before the expiration of his lease of life he bargained for three
years' respite on condition of bringing Max into the power of the evil
one. Zamiel replied, “To-morrow either he or you.” On the day
appointed for the trial-shot, Caspar places himself in a tree. Max is
told by the prince to aim at a dove. The dove flies to the tree where
Caspar is concealed. Max shoots at the dove, but kills Caspar, and
Zamiel comes to carry off his victim. (Weber's Opera of Der
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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