Lot n° 70
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FLAUBERT Gustave (1821-1880).
L.A.S. "your G.", Wednesday evening [January 4, 1854], to Louise COLET; 3 pages in-8.
He responds to the reproaches of his mistress: "unless we write to each other every day, I can hardly see any way of writing more often. You must have had a letter from me on Saturday. - On Sunday the package from the Crocodile [Victor HUGO], of which you did not even do me the courtesy of acknowledging receipt. - & this morning you must have had another letter written the day before yesterday. If I did not put anything in H.'s package [Hugo], it is because it was already very large. However, in order not to limit myself to the simple role of letter carrier, I had inserted a small piece of paper on which I kissed you. Muse! Muse! What's wrong with you? What's blowing in your head? What's agitating you so much? Why? What's changed between us two? About the Crocodile, I warn you that he himself warns me to be careful. A man from St Malo, whose name he gives me (Aubain), was sentenced to 3 years in prison for having been caught with a volume of Poetry in his pocket. - So I urge you not to peddle any of them & to keep them to yourself. I have no doubt that you will not follow the advice. Think about it though - one can do anything these days & one has no regard for anything or anyone.
I have just spent the last three days making four or five corrections which have bothered me a lot - B. [Bouilhet] considers them finished. But all this must be reviewed in the cold.
Saturday and Sunday will be spent picking through the Handmaid. You will have a volume of comments on Tuesday evening. Nothing new - thaw, rain, fog. The month of January is spent by me without visits, for which I bless Providence. Farewell, I embrace you"...
Correspondence (Pléiade), t. II, p. 499.
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