Marcel Proust: A Life, with a New Preface by the Author (Henry McBride Series in Modernism and Modernity)
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any of her lovers financially and had earned the title " 'the educator of dukes' for her attention to the arts of literature, manners, and love."104 On September 25,1888, just before the beginning of the school year, Marcel wrote Dreyfus about his new friend without naming her: "A platonic passion for a famous courtesan, ending in an exchange of letters and photographs." He also alluded to the pretty Viennese girl he had met in dance class, hinting that he was involved in an "absorbing liaison"
the composition prize, Proust beat all comers, even such accomplished veterans as Elie Halevy and Xavier Leon, both of whom were admitted to the Ecole normale superieure.170 The completion of his secondary education had been a long struggle for Marcel and his family, but now his health seemed genuinely improved. Perhaps he would leave behind the afflictions that had plagued his adolescence. His parents were relieved and proud that he had completed his lycee years near the top of a class with so
to make him and his friends a rum and orange juice punch. He got along well with his landlady, whom he rewarded with large tips for her additional services, and he later recalled fondly their many "pleasant little chats."12 In Jean Santeuil, Proust described the little house and Mme Renvoyze, using her real name, and the evenings spent by the fire with his fellow cadets, who wrote letters, drank champagne (against the rules), and even read the Manual of Military Theory. The boys enjoyed playing
supplier on the Quai du Louvre. The count should not make him wait too long to bring the bird or it would die.62 Montesquiou was aware that Marcel had Greek and Latin lessons on the day when Delafosse would be working with him but sent him an invitation to lunch anyway, urging him to trick the ill-bred pedants, the "merchants of Greek and Latin," by taking the 11 o'clock train out to Versailles.63 He also requested that Proust collect the bird and bring it with him. Marcel did not attend the
a peephole customers who paid to be whipped. Such voyeuristic moments were necessary to his investigations, he told Celeste, because he lacked imagination.39 The third story, completed in late 1894, focused on the major Proustian theme of jealousy. "La Fin de la jalousie" opens with two lovers pecking and cooing.40 Honore, a ladies' man who has always found it difficult to remain faithful for long, is mad about Mme Seaune, a widow with whom he has enjoyed a passionate, secret liaison for more