Friday, October 31, 2008


The Matinée Guermantes: Four guests, wigged, with and without masks and beards

Mme X

The prince de Guermantes

Mme de Forcheville

The former Prime Minister

These were puppets bathed in the immaterial colours of the years, puppets exteriorized by Time, Time which by Habit is made invisible and to become visible seeks bodies, which wherever it finds it siezes to display its magic lanterne upon them.
~Le temps retrouvé

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Resemblances, Part Five

Charlus's stable boy.
The milk-maid at the train station.

The princess de Parme.

Swann's carriage driver.

The lift boy at the Balbec Grand Hôtel.

Aunt Léonie.

Théodor the grocer's boy with a swarm of angels around his head taking Aunt Léonie's market order.

A parlour maid with her mop.

The footman recognizing the duc de Châtellerault on the reception hall steps.

The duc de Châtelleraux telling the footman "Je ne parle pas le français".

A pastry chef.

Mme Putbuss's maid.

Mme de Saint-Euverte's chauffeur.

The boy who resembles the Angel on the Day of Atonement.

Mme de Saint-Euverte.


Doctor Cottard.


Mlle Stermaria.

Uncle Adolphe.

Mamma, from the photograph by Nadar.

Thursday, October 09, 2008