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Claude et Juliette
En 1846, vivait Paris, sur les hauteurs de la place du Panthon, un jeune peintre d'un laideur si rare, que ses camarades l'avaient surnomm Quasimodo. Il avait le nez long et gros, les cheveux crpus, les yeux petits et enfoncs sous l'arcade sourcilire, la bouche fendue jusqu'aux oreilles, et le menton pointu. Sa taille tait droite, ses bras longs et nerveux, ses mains larges et fortes, et ses pieds d'une longueur excessive. Le beau n'est pas toujours camarade du bon. Quasidomo tait la douceur mme. Il tait instruit, habile dans son art, plein d'esprit, de courage, et amoureux de la gloire. Un seul dfaut dparait ses belles qualits et le rendait insupportable lui-mme. C'tait une tristesse incurable dont il ne disait le secret personne. Il aimait la beaut avec une passion que Phidias, Raphal et Titien seuls ont connue, et il ne pouvait se regarder dans une glace sans frmir. Presque tous les hommes sont laids, il faut l'avouer; mais l'habitude, la vanit, l'ignorance des vrais principes de la beaut physique, le plaisir qu'on prouve se tromper soi mme, leur cachent ordinairement cette cruelle infirmit. Malheureusement, le pauvre Quasimodo avait trop tudi son art, et il tait trop sincre avec lui-mme pour se faire illusion. Il n'tait que laid, et il se croyait effroyable. Il ne s'en consolait pas. Les railleries de ses camarades, qu'il supportait sans se plaindre, mettaient le comble sa douleur. Vingt fois il avait song se tuer; mais il avait ving-deux ans, et cet ge, peut-on dsesprer de tout? On veut vivre, ne ft-ce que par curiosit. Il n'esprait pas tre aim. Il pouvait aspirer la gloire; et qu'y a-t-il de plus dsirable sur la terre? ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 16874
Author: Assollant, Alfred
Release Date: Oct 14, 2005
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