A most interesting, startling, and original novel. The incidents described in it are intensely dramatic, and in none of Jókai's other novels does he tell us so much about himself, his home and his early struggles, both as an author and a patriot. He is, in fact, the hero of this, his own romance, the heroine being Bessy, a most piquant and fascinating creature, who marries five men, one after another, and then, because she slew the fifth, is doomed to a sad end.
rick of that needle even then.
Then we went on dancing. I distinguished myself marvellously. With a needle-prick in my knee, and another who knows where, I whirled Bessy three times round the room, so that when I brought her back to the garde des dames, it seemed to me as if three-and-thirty mothers, aunts, and companions were revolving around me.
MY FIRST DISTINCTION--MY FIRST GRIEVANCE--THE DAMENWALZER--THE FRIGHTFUL MONSTER--THE READJUSTED SCARF--THE SECOND NEEDLE-PRICK
I am really most grateful to Monsieur Galifard. I have to thank him for the first distinction I ever enjoyed in my life. This was the never-to-be-forgotten circumstance that when my colleagues, the young hopefuls of the Academy of Jurisprudence at Kecskemet, gave a lawyers' ball, they unanimously chose me to be the elötánczos. To this day I am proud of that distinction; what must I have been then? On the heels of this honour
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