He had renounced the immediate literary quarrels with his numerous opponents; the weapons that were being led were too crude. All the more did he feel like attacking the incorrigible philistines with a poetic joke, which has never before had the effect had failed. In the summer of 1801 the plan of a comprehensive comedic comedy was born, in which he thought to pronounce many others what he had on his mind. The fable was borrowed from Ben Jonson’s The devil is an ass. It was the story of a stupid devil who misses, the decrepit hell that, as a result of education, has completely lost its influence, regaining the wiser world, but the test is one of shame and stupidity. He called this seal “anti-Faust”. Since he did not spare himself and his works, it could also be considered to speak freely and openly to others. And he was allowed to introduce the Aristophanes himself, because perhaps his joke had never arisen to this Aristophan power and repartee. Unfortunately, he betrayed the secret too soon. He had told some booksellers about the new poetry, but when they heard that Herder’s letters of humanity were not spared, they were startled and rejected such a dangerous article. He put aside what he had started for better times with distaste and disdain. but the happy mood which it was to accomplish did not return.