By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rousseau ne voulait pas qu'un portrait de lui determine en tête de ses Œuvres.
Son vrai portrait, le seul qui ne mentirait pas, c'est en lisant ses Confessions qu'on l'aurait sous les yeux : Je veux montrer à mes semblables un homme dans toute los angeles vérité de l. a. nature ; et cet homme, ce sera moi. Mais quelle identité assigner à ce moi qui déclare : Je suis autre ? Autre que tous les autres, et pourtant leur semblable. Perpétuellement autre que soi, et pourtant toujours même.
Le Bigarre et singulier assemblage d'identifications multiples où Narcisse et Caton, Alceste et Céladon, Mentor et le petit Jésus, Socrate et los angeles cigale, Orphée et los angeles fourmi, le rat des villes, celui des champs, le berger extravagant, l'agneau immaculé et le bouc émissaire tiennent travel à travel le devant de los angeles scène, sans nuire pour autant à l'unité d'action, tant tout se tient, tout est un dans mon caractère .
Au lecteur d'en juger.
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How deliciously you could paint him—it would make fascinating reading,—the sort that makes a reader laugh & cry at the same time, for Orion is as good & as ridiculous a soul as ever was. We thought we were going to lose our little Clara yesterday, but the danger is gone, to-day, apparently. Ah, to think of Bayard Taylor! It is too sad to talk about. I was so glad there was not a single sting & so many good praiseful words in the Atlantic’s criticism of Deukalion. Love to you all Yrs Ever Mark. Ï We remain here till middle of March.
Yes, we calculate upon returning to America next August & to Hartford in October. Yrs Truly S. L. Clemens Ï 1879—page 20 To Orion Clemens 9 February 1879 • Munich, Germany (MS: CU-MARK and CtHMTH, #01631) Munich, Feb. 9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 My Dear Bro— I enclose $25 draft for $25 on Hartford. I shall be sincerely glad to hear that you[r] success meets your highest expectations. But I want to caution you earnestly as to one thing.
When that day comes the tramps will as soon go to any other place beginning with H as Hartford. Meaning short-syllable places beginning with H. I wish an experienced tramp would reform; & expose the means by which tramps acquire their surprisingly minute & accurate information about the inside affairs of families. I have in mind the French tramp whom I spoke of a while ago. A young American lady who is visiting us,—I will call her Miss Jones, though that is really not her name,—goes to Madame B.
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