4.30.2010

Notes from April

Monocles, lorgnettes, and antique spectacles. More than you could have imagined. Right here.
 
Painting of a footman sleeping: 1871, by Charles Bargue (French)  
 
Party-goers:
Marquise de GALLARDON, née Courvoisier. Obsessed with Guermantes family; speaks with her cousin the Princesse des Laumes (Oriane); snide remarks about Swann’s Jewishness: 467-77
The “witty Guermantes set” as represented by the Princesse des Laumes.  Oriane, Duchesse de GUERMANTES (formerly Princess des Laumes; wife of Basin, her cousin). Marcel asks Legrandin if he knows her: 178. In Combray Church: 245-51. Friends with Swann: 383, 396. At Mme de Saint-Euverte’s, snubs Mme de Gallardon; speaks with Froberville & Swann: 470-88. 

Marquis de CAMBREMER: Married Legrandin’s sister: I 92, 174.
Marquise Renée de CAMBREMER (Legrandin’s sister; wife of the above). Lives near Balbec: I 92. Legrandin avoids giving Marcel’s family a letter of introduction to her: I 182-85. A Wagnerian, she despises Chopin: 472. The candle incident: 478. Admired by Froberville: 479. Swann & Oriane discuss her name: 485. Swann introduces her to Froberville: 488-89. Swann follows her to Combray: 541-42. 
LEGRANDIN (in Combray, engineer & man of letters; Mme de Cambremer’s brother). Character & appearance; tirades against nobility; flowery speech: I 92-93. Strange behavior to Marcel’s father: 166-67. His snobbery; his wink: 174-82. Lyrical descriptions of Balbec; refuses to introduce his sister, Mme de Cambremer: 182-86 (see also 547-48). 

4.18.2010

Pages for April

Pages: (Enright/Davis)

Week 26:  April 1   (1/2 year!)
Return of anguish--pain returns (426/311). The Bayreuth project (427/312). Love and death and the mystery of personality (438/320).

Week 27: April 8
Charles Swann and “young Swann” (440/321). Swann, Odette, Charlus and Uncle Adolphe (442/323). Longing for death (451/329).

Week 28: April 15
An evening at the Marquise de Saint-Euverte’s. Detached from social life by his love and his jealousy, Swann can observe it as it is in itself (458/335): the footmen (459/336); the monocles (463/338); the Marquise de Cambremer and the Vicomtesse de Franquetot lis­tening to Liszt’s “St. Francis” (466/340)

Week 29: April 22
Mme de Gallardon, a de­spised cousin of the Guermantes (467/341). Arrival of the Princesse des Laumes (469342); their conversation with Swann (483/353). Swann introduces the young Mme de Cambremer (Mlle Legrandin) to General de Froberville (489/357).

Week 30: April 29
Vinteuil’s little phrase poignantly reminds Swann of the days when Odette loved him (490/358). The language of music (495/364). Swann realizes that Odette’s love for him will never revive (502/366).