Friday, January 27, 2012

The Jew

From Stendhal's note "to the curious" preceding his story "The Jew":

"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.

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