Thursday, July 03, 2014


Speaking French

E.V. Lucas (1868-1938), "On Being a Foreigner," Giving and Receiving: Essays and Fantasies (New York: George H. Doran Company, 1922), pp. 127-138 (at 128):
When an Englishman talks French like an Englishman the reason often enough is that he would die rather than subject his mouth to the undignified contortions that are necessary if any Gallic illusion is to be set up.

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