I am looking for a 19th century short story. I thought it was written by Guy de Maupassant, but didn't find it. A French country priest starts having vivid dreams that he is a diabolical courtier in hell. The dreams become ever more intense and elaborated. The last line is something like: "One night, one of the devil's courtier's had a strange dream, that he was a French country priest." The basic idea seems to be borrowed from Zhuangzi's 'The Butterfly Dream'.

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    Did you read the story in French (I'm assuming it was originally written in French; that's the meaning of the [french-literature] tag) or as an English translation? When did you read it? Where? In a collection? If so, can you remember anything else about the collection? See our identification-request tag wiki for more kinds of helpful information to include. If anything jogs your memory, please edit in more details. – bobble Mar 6 at 22:05
  • Vaguely reminiscent of La Morte Amoureuse by Théophile Gautier. – Jenayah Mar 7 at 12:53

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