The memoirs of Alexandre Dumas (pere).

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Page 299 - come forward." I advanced two steps nearer. "Well, Mr. Poet," he continued, " are you satisfied ?'' — " Better than that, I am lost in wonder." " Well, you must come and see me again, and ask me for more tickets.
Page 176 - Singular defeat, by which, notwithstanding the most fatal catastrophe, the glory of the conquered has not suffered, nor the fame of the conqueror been increased ; the memory of the one will survive his destruction ; the memory of the other will perhaps be buried in his triumph...
Page 103 - when five or six years of age, I possessed these two accomplishments (reading and writing) in a superior degree, a fact which made me wondrously conceited. I can still see myself, about the height of a jack-boot, and in a little cotton jacket, taking part, with the utmost precocity, in the conversation of grown-up people, and contributing thereto my store of knowledge, profane and sacred.
Page 240 - Be sure, my boy, there is something else in life besides pleasure, love, sport, dancing, and all the wild dreams of youth. There is work : learn to work — learn, that is, to be happy.
Page 290 - ... landlord of an hotel in the Rue des Vieux Augustins agrees to lodge and board them for two days and present them with a pate and a bottle of wine at parting. Dumas's grand object was to see Talma, and his first visit is to a literary friend, who introduces him to the great actor at his toilette : — ' Talma was very shortsighted. I do not know whether he saw me or not. He was washing his chest. His beard was nearly all shaved, which particularly struck me, insomuch as I had heard a dozen times...

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