By Honore De Balzac
Translated by way of Clara Bell and others
To Henri Heine.
I inscribe this to you, my expensive Heine, to you that symbolize in Paris the guidelines and poetry of Germany, in Germany the vigorous and witty feedback of France; for you larger than the other will recognize whatever this examine may perhaps include of feedback and of jest, of affection and truth.
A PRINCE OF BOHEMIA
"My expensive friend," acknowledged Mme. de l. a. Baudraye, drawing a pile of manuscript from underneath her couch cushion, "will you pardon me in our current straits for creating a brief tale of whatever that you instructed me a couple of weeks ago?"
"Anything is reasonable in those instances. have you ever now not obvious writers serving up their very own hearts to the general public, or quite often their mistress' hearts while invention fails? we're coming to this, expensive; we will pass looking for adventures, no longer lots for the excitement of them as for the sake of getting the tale to inform afterwards."
"After all, you and the Marquise de Rochefide have paid the lease, and that i don't imagine, from the best way issues are going the following, that I ever pay yours."
"Who understands? probably an identical reliable good fortune that took place Mme. de Rochefide may well come to you."
"Do you name it solid success to return to one's husband?"
"No; purely nice good fortune. Come, i'm listening."
And Mme. de l. a. Baudraye learn as follows:
"Scene a perfect salon within the Rue de Chartres du Roule. the most recognized writers of the day came across sitting on a sofa beside a really illustrious Marquise, with whom he's on such phrases of intimacy, as a guy has a correct to say whilst a lady singles him out and retains him at her part as a complacent souffre douleur instead of a makeshift."
"Well," says she, "have you came across these letters of that you spoke the day prior to this? You acknowledged that you would be able to now not inform me all approximately him with out them?"
"Yes, i've got them."
"It is your flip to talk; i'm listening like a baby while his mom starts the story of Le Grand Serpentin Vert ."
"I count number the younger guy in query in that team of our associates which we're wont to sort our acquaintances. He comes of a very good kin; he's a guy of endless components and unwell success, choked with very good tendencies and such a lot captivating dialog; younger as he's, he's visible a lot, and whereas waiting for larger issues, he dwells in Bohemia. Bohemianism, which by means of rights may be referred to as the doctrine of the street des Italiens, reveals its recruits between younger males among twenty and thirty, them all males of genius of their means, little identified, it's actual, as but, yet definite of popularity at some point, and whilst that day comes, of serious contrast. they're extraordinary because it is at carnival time, while their exuberant wit, repressed for the remainder of the yr, unearths a vent in additional or much less creative buffoonery.
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