The Romance of My Childhood and Youth

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJuliette Adam

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...work to do, having no clerk, I enlisted him to aid me in doing my arithmetic exercises and in copying out my week's compositions. He read admirably, far better than grandmother, and he became my habitual reader. It would not have been strange had I been persuaded by all these flattering opinions that my talents, which Blondeau said " grew as fast as grass," surpassed those of all known prodigies. Even my father, who was a lettered man, and whose good taste should have enlightened him concerning his daughter's lucubrations, considered my writings marvellous. But my mother, with her usual lack of indulgence, rendered me the service of sobering me regarding all this praise. She put things in their proper place, even exaggerating them in a contrary sense. She declared that what I wrote was inept, and that they would make me a mediocre person by fostering in me a phenomenal pride. I alone was not vexed with her. She helped me to criticise myself, although sometimes I thought her criticisms as excessive as the admiration of my flatterers was exaggerated. Having a sufficient company at home on Sundays, my friend Charles included, I determined to put my weekly reviews into dialogues. Each one of us read his personal pages in turn, or we replied to one another. When I think of all I made my grandparents and Blondeau read and say, I am abashed. Moreover, everyone kept the name I had given him, and the character of the role assigned to him, throughout the evening. They allowed themselves to be questioned by me, and answered " attentively," as my friend Charles said. Had they at least been amused with this child's play, it would have been tolerable, but on the contrary, they were obliged to rediscuss the weekly discussions, the wherefores of the most...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...work to do, having no clerk, I enlisted him to aid me in doing my arithmetic exercises and in copying out my we...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217285228

ISBN - 13:9780217285223

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