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The Idol of Paris


THE IDOL OF PARIS
SARAH BERNHARDT*
1921
(English Edition)
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CONTENTS
PART ONE: PARIS
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
PART TWO: BRUSSELS
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
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a white oil cloth bordered with gold-medallioned portraits of the line
of French kings served as table cover at family meals.
The Darbois family consisted of Fran¸cois Darbois , professor of
philosophy, a scholar of eminence and distinction; of Madame Darbois,
his wife, a charming gentle little creature, without any pretentions;
of Philippe Renaud, brot her of Madame Darbois, an honest and able
business man; of his son, Maurice Renaud, twenty-two and a painter, a
?ne youth ?lled with con?dence because of the success he had just
achieved at the last Salon; of a distant cousin, the family
counsellor, a tyrannical landlord and self-c entered bachelor, Adhemar
Meydieux, and the child of whom he was godfather, and around whom all
this particular little world revolved.
Esperance Darbois, the only daughter of the philosopher, was ?fteen
years old. She was long and slim without being angular. The ?ower
head that crowned this slender stem was exquisitely fair, with the
fairness of a little child, soft pale -gold, fair. Her fac e had,
indeed, no strictly sculptural beauty; her long ?ax-coloured eyes
were not large, her nose had no special character; only her sensitive
and clear-cut nostrils gave the pretty face its suggestion of ancient
lineage. Her mouth was a little large, and her full red lips opened on
singularly white teet h as even as almonds; while a low Grecian
forehead and a neck graceful in every curve gave Esperance a total
e?ect of aristocratic distinction that was beyond dispute. Her low
vibrant voice produced an impression that was almost physical on those
who heard it. Quite without intention, she introduc ed into every word
she spoke several in?ections which made her manner of pronounciation
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