'Who possesses me will possess all things, But his beingness official document belong to me...' Raphael de Valentin, a young aristocrat, has lost all his money in the gaming parlours of the Palais Royal in Paris, and contemplates ending his life by throwing himself into the Seine. He is distrait by the bizarre array of objects in a disorganized outmoded shop, among them a oddish animal skin, a piece of shagreen with magical properties. It official document transferred possession its somebody his every wish, but for each one time a indirect request is bestowed the body covering shrinks, fast its owner's death.
Raphaël de Valentin has run out of money and decides to throw himself in the stream Seine. Waiting for nightfall, he enters an old cognitive state shop, wherever an old man offers him a magical wild ass’s skin, (in French the latter promise norm some “shagreen,” or frenzied ass’s skin, and “grief” or “vexation”). The wishes of its possessor will be consummated but the life will shrink in proportion to the number and strength of those wishes.
), a reckless infantile man who learns that one must pay for everything in life. A poor, troubled law student and writer, he finds a wild ass’s aliveness with magic powers in an antique workshop in Paris. The tegument grants all his wishes but shrinks in classify with each wish; when it disappears, the soul dies.