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Old People and the Things that Pass

by Louis Couperus

This is a tale of the very, very old--a hero ninety-three and a heroine ninety-seven--and the subtle influence of their tragically romantic cast on their descendants. To the young people of the story it was inconceivable that these two could once have suffered the emotions of youth. Yet something strange seemed to be wafted between them ; something of a tragedy. What was the secret of these old lives? They alone knew they thought. A truly remarkable book; by far the finest effort of this noted novelist, as well as of his able translator, Alexander Teixeira de Mattos.

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