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Judged by a number of early-nineteenth-century English and French novels that I
have perused, the four main outlets or cures for ennui found by the characters
suffering from it were: (1) making a nuisance of oneself; (2) committing suicide; ...
For some quaint reason, it often happened, among fashionable Russian families
of the early 1800's, that, whereas children of both sexes were taught French, only
the girls were taught English. Pushkin's sister Olga had at one time a Miss or ...
... was the delight of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It was
attributed to Count Yakov Bryus (James Bruce, 1670- 1735), one of Peter I's
generals, who was reputed to be an alchemist. Actually, he was an excellent
astronomer and ...
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I've read another translation before in proper verse, and while I understand that the story's not the same without the rhymes, Nabokov's rendering is, I think, as close to perfection as I will come until I can read the original. Consulter l'avis complet
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