Monday, September 24, 2018


Studying the Inhumanities

Paul Valéry (1871-1945), Collected Works, Vol. 14: Analects, tr. Stuart Gilbert (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970), p. 587:
A youngster in front of his school, with his Virgil and his Corneille under his arm, is reading a newspaper, a parade of horrors in big type.

"What are you up to?"

"Oh, good morning, sir ... I'm doing my inhumanities."

Un adolescent devant son lycée, avec son Virgile et son Corneille sous le bras. Il lit un journal, tableau d'horreurs en grosses lettres.

— Qu'est-ce que tu fais là?

— Bonjour, Monsieur. Je fais mes inhumanités.

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