L'écornifleur

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Author: Jules Renard
Published: 1892
Language: French
Wordcount: 41,998 / 151 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 941
Added to site: 2006.12.28
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C'est juste, mais répugnant, et si le mien s'ôtait le pain de la bouche pour me l'offrir, je le prierais poliment de l'y rentrer.

Monsieur Vernet fume une cigarette, las d'avoir travaillé une journée de dix heures à l'usine qu'il dirige. Ses paupières battent comme des volets mal accrochés. Parfois elles se ferment. L'effort qu'il fait pour les relever les plisse à peine. Elles ressemblent à des coquilles de noix. Sa cigarette s'éteint à chaque instant. Il la rallume. Elle se meurt. C'est une lutte. Il a l'air de manger des allumettes.


MADAME VERNET

«Ce n'est pas poétique de coudre des boutons!»


C'est cependant nécessaire pour que les caleçons tiennent. Va-t-elle reprendre l'argutie de l'autre jour? Elle fait, dans le tas des choses qu'elle accomplit, pense ou exprime, le triage de celles qui sont poétiques et de celles qui ne le sont pas. M

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