Oh, let me be mawkish for the nonce! I am so tired of being cynical.
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I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading.
We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.
To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.
And he absolutely had to find her at once to tell her that he adored her, but the large audience before him separated him from the door, and the notes reaching him through a succession of hands said that she was not available; that she was inaugurating a fire; that she had married an american businessman; that she had become a character in a novel; that she was dead.
I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.
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