"With Adélaïde, the beautiful dancer from the Opera Garnier."
"Adélaïde nodded happily to me and poured the glasses. Her forehead shined with summer heat. In due time, we prayed, “Give us this night our nightly wine…” After we had drunk, I stood and went to the window overlooking the silent trees of Luxembourg..."
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"At the Parc Monceau. The narrator meets two girls while composing his 'Ode to Spring.'"
"Out on the boulevard, I walked again as absorbent as ever. I was fully aware that the sun was soaking into my blood stream at a pace that no human had ever before experienced. Only an accidental meeting with someone I knew could pull me out of this blissful state..."
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"The Midsummer Soliloquy: from a drifter's seaport memory to a summer party at the Louvre."
"Summer nights we would work and play the guitar and the mandolin. We drank sweet rum and sang and made love to eager girls. A steady stream of young female university students and tourists kept the business going in the pensions near the harbor..."
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