By Louis Aragon
«Quand j'ai connu Blanche, elle portait un petit chapeau de feutre, cloche, très enfoncé, d'un feutre extraordinairement tendre, léger, mou, comme si ça lui avait fait quelque selected de coiffer Blanche.Elle aimait s'habiller en noir, elle s'asseyait d'une façon que n'avait personne, se penchait pour m'écouter, los angeles joue sur los angeles major, le coude sur le genou. Je lui avais dit : "Vous fumez ?", et elle avait éteint sa cigarette, non, c'était natural nervosité. C'est très drôle, cette petite fille, dès los angeles première fois, dans un lieu avec de hautes lumières, un café tout en longueur, j'avais une idée tracassante, je ne pensais qu'à une selected, et Dieu sait ce que je pouvais dire !Les mains m'en tremblaient, j'avais envie d'enlever son manteau, d'ouvrir sa robe... Pourquoi ?»
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A man who might have been well-to-do on ten acres in Europe was rat-poor on two thousand in California. It wasn’t very long until all the land in the barren hills near King City and San Ardo was taken up, and ragged families were scattered through the hills, trying their best to scratch a living from the thin flinty soil. They and the coyotes lived clever, despairing, submarginal lives. They landed with no money, no equipment, no tools, no credit, and particularly with no knowledge of the new country and no technique for using it.
After a while,” said Cyrus, “you’ll think no thought the others do not think. You’ll know no word the others can’t say. And you’ll do things because the others do them. ” Adam demanded. “Yes,” said Cyrus, “sometimes that happens. Once in a while there is a man who won’t do what is demanded of him, and do you know what happens? The whole machine devotes itself coldly to the destruction of his difference. They’ll beat your spirit and your nerves, your body and your mind, with iron rods until the dangerous difference goes out of you.
Charles won’t be going,” Cyrus said. ” “Only outside on his skin,” said Cyrus. “Not inside. Charles is not afraid so he could never learn anything about courage. He does not know anything outside himself so he could never gain the things I’ve tried to explain to you. To put him in an army would be to let loose things which in Charles must be chained down, not let loose. ” He stopped, frightened at what he had said, afraid of the rage or the contempt or the violence his words might let loose.
Blanche ou l'Oubli by Louis Aragon