The buer is, according to the sixteenth century magical textbook, Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, the president of hell. Pinkie, a Catholic whose belief system is characterized primarily by a morbid fascination with death and damnation, refers to Ida Arnold as a “buer,” because she seems like a demon sent from hell to punish him for his sins.
Buer Term Timeline in Brighton Rock
The timeline below shows where the term Buer appears in Brighton Rock. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part I, Chapter 2
Part VI, Chapter 1
Part VII, Chapter 2