Liesl is a hideously ugly but highly intelligent woman who manages Paul’s magic show. She has read Dunstan’s work on saints and chooses him to write the autobiography of Magnus Eisengrim. Dunstan is physically repulsed by her, yet he admires her intellect. One night she tries to seduce him, but Dunstan fights her off. She comes back to apologize, and tells Dunstan his greatest error in life is learning how to love his work and Mrs. Dempster, and nothing and no one else. Dunstan sleeps with her after this conversation. Later, he will tell Padre Blazon that he met the devil in the form of Liesl, and that she taught him how to live with and enjoy the devil without compromising his own morality (or making a “faustian” bargain).
Liesl Quotes in Fifth Business
The Fifth Business quotes below are all either spoken by Liesl or refer to Liesl. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Fifth Business published in 2001.).
Part 5 Quotes
“Life is a spectator sport to you.”
“You make yourself responsible for other people’s troubles. It is your hobby.”
Liesl Character Timeline in Fifth Business
The timeline below shows where the character Liesl appears in Fifth Business. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 5: “Liesl”
...later, when he has grown utterly sick of Eisengrim and his crew. He especially hates Liesl, but their mysterious work appeals to his loneliness and he cannot back out. They sometimes... (full context)
Part 6: “The Soirée of Illusions”