By Gérard de Nerval
Voulant fuir Adrienne, belle actrice parisienne, et avec elle le monde illusoire du théâtre, le narrateur, qui n'est autre que Nerval, se tourne vers Sylvie, jeune campagnarde qu'il a jadis aimée. Mais le rêve fait position au désenchantement : le retour à l. a. nature, celle de l'enfance dans le Valois, n'est qu'un mythe, et le grand amour de jeunesse se révèle être uen décevante paysanne. Et si ces deux femmes n'en formaient qu'une, «deux moitiés d'un seul amour» ? Le récit progresse selon los angeles logique d'une traversée de los angeles mémoire : l'auteur met en scène des souvenirs personnels («à demi rêvés») et littéraires ; il témoigne d'une véritable érudition tout en faisant l'éloge de los angeles tradition populaire. l. a. mémoire collective est pour lui assez vaste pour accueillir l. a. réalité los angeles plus ordinaire comme les mystères les plus sublimes. Avec cette nouvelle des Filles du feu, Nerval dit adieu aux chimères de los angeles jeunesse et de l'amour idéal. Ce récit poétique, entre romantisme et surréalisme, est déjà une recherche du temps perdu.
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What are you trying to do? Scare someone? Just because you croaked a guy and got away with it MARGY don’t think I’m afraid of you. You know if I start talking, I can put a rope around that lily white neck of yours. You wouldn’t dare squawk on a fellow for that. Besides, I know you too well. You haven’t the heart Rocky to turn anyone up. If I thought you had, I’d finish you now. I won’t get any more for killing two than I will for killing one. Don’t be too sure about that. Now I’m going to give MARGY you a little inside information—I’m going to leave you the first chance I get.
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