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Aridjis's angels bring to light human qualities of mind and suggest mechanisms for how humans block their own self-awareness, often because an excess of knowledge is unbearable: "An angel who has seen its own double dies / because it turns into itself and its material / counterpart," thus suggesting that the spiritual is truly endangered by too much contact with the material.
When his double dies from a heart attack (due to excess living), the real Napoleon tries to convince those around him, including a disbelieving Pumpkin, that he is in fact the emperor.