The Works of Theophile Gautier; Mademoiselle de Maupin Volume 1

The Works of Theophile Gautier; Mademoiselle de Maupin Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...themselves, a most evangelical and meritorious action. They are exceedingly charitable, and nothing in the world would induce them to let a man die of despair. "Some three or four of them must already be smitten with you, and, as a friend, I should advise you to urge your suit vigorously in that direction, rather than to fool away your time talking with me in the embrasure of a window, --which is not the way to get on." "But, my dear de C, I am quite a novice in such matters. I have not that knowledge of the world which enables one to distinguish at a glance a woman who is smitten from one who is not, and unless you aid me with your experience, I shall be apt to make startling mistakes." "Upon my word, you are uncommonly green, and I did not think it was possible to be pastoral and bucolic to such a degree nowadays. What the devil do you do with those great black eyes of yours, then, which, did you but know how to use them, would be irresistible? Just look yonder, in that corner near the mantelpiece, at that little lady in pink who is playing with her fan. She has been observing you through her glasses for the past fifteen minutes with the most significant attention and assiduity. She has not her match in being supremely indecent and nobly shameless. Women dislike her very much, for they despair of ever attaining to the same height of immodesty; but, on the other hand, men are very fond of her, and think her as piquant as a courtesan. It is true that she is charmingly depraved, witty, spirited, and capricious. She is an excellent mistress for a young man with prejudices. In a week she frees a conscience of all scruples and corrupts the heart so that you never will be ridiculous or given to elegy. She is inexpressibly...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536142
  • 9781236536143