By Émile Zola

Advent, notes et file de François-Marie Mourad.« Cette histoire est nue et vraie jusqu’à los angeles crudité. Les délicats se révolteront. Je n’ai pas pensé devoir retrancher une ligne, definite que ces pages sont l’expression complète d’un cœur dans lequel il y a plus de lumière que d’ombre. Elles ont été écrites par un enfant nerveux et aimant qui s’est donné entier, avec les frissons de sa chair et les élans de son âme Elles sont l. a. manifestation maladive d’un tempérament particulier qui a l’âpre besoin du réel et les espérances menteuses et douces du rêve. Tout le livre est là, dans l. a. lutte entre le songe et l. a. réalité ». C’est en ces termes que le jeune Émile Zola, inconnu du grand public, présente son most desirable roman, La Confession de Claude, en 1865. Longuement méditée, loin des idées reçues sur le naturalisme, cette œuvre singulière et fiévreuse incite à découvrir un autre Zola, que le succès des Rougon-Macquart ne doit pas occulter.

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He had come to America with letters of recommendation from old Mrs. Manson Mingott舗s English son-in-law, the banker, and had speedily made himself an important position in the world of affairs; but his habits were dissipated, his tongue was bitter, his antecedents were mysterious; and when Medora Manson announced her cousin舗s engagement to him, it was felt to be one more act of folly in poor Medora舗s long record of imprudences. But folly is as often justified of her children as wisdom, and two years after young Mrs.

He treasures his love of Countess Olenska, knowing she is most fully realized in memory. The false rhetoric of freedom, the hackneyed phrases of that romance no longer come to mind. He speaks to himself as he always has when he is most truthful, most self-revealing. The show is not quite over; there is one more scene, elegiac and surprisingly dramatic. Newland Archer frames his view as he has from that first night at the opera. He stands apart as he did that day in Newport when Ellen appeared at a distance on the pier.

It didn舗t last long, though: I heard of her a few months later living alone in Venice. I believe Lovell Mingott went out to get her. He said she was desperately unhappy. 舡 This was greeted with an irreverent laugh, and the youth blushed deeply, and tried to look as if he had meant to insinuate what knowing people called a 舠double entendre. 舡 舠Well舒it舗s queer to have brought Miss Welland, anyhow,舡 someone said in a low tone, with a side-glance at Archer. 舠Oh, that舗s part of the campaign: Granny舗s orders, no doubt,舡 Lefferts laughed.

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