Publié le 26 Janvier 2012

C'est Chiffonnette qui le dit

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La seule chose dont nous soyons sûrs, c'est qu'il s'adonne à la culture des courges.

     Mais ce n'est pas ce genre de détails qui intéresse Caroline. Elle veut savoir d'où il vient, ce qu'il fait dans la vie, s'il est marié, comment est ou était sa femme, s'il a des enfants, le nom de jeune fille de sa mère, etc. A mon avis, l'inventeur du questionnaire des passeports devait avoir un caractère assez proche de celui de ma soeur.

Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Le meurtre de Roger Ackroyd)

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Publié le 19 Janvier 2012

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He had, as it were, proclaimed himself to be indifferent to promotion, and those who chiefly admired his talents, and would mainly have exerted themselves to secure to them their deserved reward, had taken him at his word. And now, if the truth must out, he felt himself disappointed — disappointed not by them but by himself. The daydream of his youth was over, and at the age of forty he felt that he was not fit to work in the spirit of an apostle. He had mistaken himself and learned his mistake when it was past remedy. He had professed himself indifferent to mitres and diaconal residences, to rich livings and pleasant glebes, and now he had to own to himself that he was sighing for the good things of other men on whom, in his pride, he had ventured to look down.

Anthony Trollope - Barchester Towers

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Publié le 12 Janvier 2012

Ce sont Chiffonnette, Cryssilda et Titine  qui le disent

 

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Un peu de définition du conformisme social (parce que parfois, la vérité sort de la bouche des femmes de petite vertu):

“She is just one of those English nonentities who would tie her head up in a bag for three months every summer, if her mother and her grandmother had tied up their heads before her. It would never occur to her to think whether there was any use in submitting to such a nuisance.”

Anthony Trollope - Barchester Towers

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Publié le 5 Janvier 2012

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Un peu de rituel de séduction chez les victoriens:

In truth, Mr. Slope, having made a declaration of affection, afterwards withdrew it on finding that the doctor had no immediate worldly funds with which to endow his child, and it may easily be conceived that Miss Proudie, after such an announcement on his part, was not readily disposed to receive any further show of affection. On the appointment of Dr. Proudie to the bishopric of Barchester, Mr. Slope’s views were in truth somewhat altered. Bishops, even though they be poor, can provide for clerical children, and Mr. Slope began to regret that he had not been more disinterested. He no sooner heard the tidings of the doctor’s elevation than he recommenced his siege, not violently, indeed, but respectfully and at a distance. Olivia Proudie, however, was a girl of spirit: she had the blood of two peers in her veins, and better still she had another lover on her books, so Mr. Slope sighed in vain, and the pair soon found it convenient to establish a mutual bond of inveterate hatred.

Anthony Trollope - Barchester Towers

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