"Not having anything to read, I write. It's the same kind of pleasure, only more intense."
From Filippo Ebreo, Stendhal's narrator:
"The fact is, gentlemen, that I no longer loved anything but money. Ah! How I loved it!"
Ebreo recalls his past as a peddler in Venice and a follower of the coalition armies invading France in the wake of Napoleon's defeat.