[ilds] Durrell on the French

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Thu Oct 8 18:25:41 PDT 2009

Regarding Pombal:

"Nevertheless there is no woman too humble, too battered, too old, to receive those outward attentions - those little gallantries and sorties of wit which I have come to associate with the Gallic temperament; the heady meretricious French charm which evaporates so easily into pride and mental indolence - like French thought which flows so quickly into sand moulds, the original espirit hardening immediately into deadening concepts. " (Justine page 33)

Mmm, a nation described in a few sentences?

reminds of plan 17 before the First World War - the original espirit hardened into a deadening concept.

David Green
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Marrickville NSW  2204
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dtart at bigpond.net.au
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