Professor Chew has summarized lucidly the evidence in Byron's letters and recorded conversations concerning his plans for Don Juan. 1 Beginning possibly as a burlesque of the Spanish legend of Don Juan, "the poem grew under his hand into the great satiric pictur& of modern society that it is." "You ask me," Byron wrote to Murray, August 12, 1819, "for the plan of Donny Johnny. I have no plan .... Do you suppose that I could have any intention but to giggle and make giggle?"