< eL Diluvio
Originally written in 1830 by Honoré de Balzac in The Human Comedy
Reprinted July 17 2023

New York City

Lines From Sarrasine

Three of my favorite lines from Sarrasine:

1.
Entrusted at an early age to the Jesuits, young Sarrasine proved a most turbulent pupil. He had the typical childhood of a man of great talent.
He studied only what he wished, he was often rebellious, and sometimes he spent hours lost in meandering meditations, now contemplating
his schoolmates as they played, now picturing Homer's heroes in his mind's eye.

2.
Then, like every young man with a powerful soul, he inflated in his mind the difficulties of his undertaking.

3.
For one in love, are words of warning not merely a fresh offering of pleasure?