Last Thursday of August 2020

The Charterhouse of Parma, Chapter Two, ends:

  • An hour before daylight, Fabrizio was on the road again, and by lavishing caresses on his horse, he managed to persuade it to trot. By about five in the morning, he heard the cannonade: Waterloo had begun.

On to Chapter Three!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

HOOOLY Cow, Stendhal!

Self has spent one whole day — today — reading and re-reading Chapter One of The Charterhouse of Parma. Since she’s already quoted from the chapter several times, she will, in the interest of efficiency, summarize. Otherwise, she’ll still be here tomorrow.

Napoleon’s army marches into Lombardy, expecting to be met with surly peasants. Instead they are greeted with wide open arms and love. Crazy, right? It turns out the Italians are very superstitious, and there is a prophecy that Napoleon’s troops will leave of their own accord, in thirteen weeks exactly. So why worry, be happy!

After thirteen weeks, when the French do not leave, the people realize that the prophecy actually meant thirteen months.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Arranged Marriage

Still Chapter One, The Charterhouse of Parma:

There now occurred a great event in this family. The Marchese had arranged the marriage of his young sister Gina to an extremely rich personage of the highest birth; but the man powdered his hair: on this account Gina received him with peals of laughter; and soon committed the folly of marrying Count Pietranera.

The Charterhouse of Parma, Chapter One

Milan, 1796, at the Palazzo of The Marchese Del Dongo:

Eight days later . . . when it was widely acknowledged that the French were guillotining no one, the Marchese del Dongo returned from Grianta, his castle on Lake Como, where he had valiantly taken refuge at the French army’s approach, abandoning his sister and his loving young wife to the chances of war.

The Charterhouse of Parma: When Everything Old is New Again

Chapter One — Milan 1796

People had been plunged into darkness by the persistence of the jealous despotism of Charles V and Philip II; they pulled down their statues and were forthwith flooded with light.

Opening Sentence, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Self has decided to juggle reading Evan Thomas’s First: Sandra Day O’Connor with Stendhal’s The Charterhouse of Parma.

She’s trying to finish writing two novels and they’re both political novels, so reading Stendhal should help.

Chapter One, The Charterhouse of Parma:

On May 15, 1796, General Bonaparte entered Milan at the head of that young army which had lately crossed the Lodi Bridge and taught the world that after so many centuries Caesar and Alexander had a successor.

W.O.W. From the foreword: This tale was written in the winter of 1830 and three hundred leagues from Paris . . .

The translation self is reading is by Richard Howard.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

 

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