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What is going on with Edmée's marriage settlement?

There are some technical legal terms here for which the English translation doesn't give a complete picture. I have relied on Les régimes matrimoniaux by François Terré and Philippe Simler (7th ed, ...
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Difference between "conte" and "nouvelle" at the time of La Fontaine

Both contes and nouvelles are short stories. La Fontaine encompasses both of them under the term contes in his preface (bold mine): J'avais résolu de ne consentir à l'impression de ces contes qu'...
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Was there a reason Victor Hugo chose 24601 as the number for Jean Valjean?

24th June is the nativity of John the Baptist. 24601 is the product of the 4th and 8th star numbers, 73 and 337. Hugo may have seen symbolism in this. I suggest we consider both as potential reasons ...
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Difference between "conte" and "nouvelle" at the time of La Fontaine

It appears that the "contes" are written in regular verse and use an older diction, while the "nouvelles" are written in irregular verse, with rhyme scheme and meter varying in the ...
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Why did Madame Roland confess to Jean that he is the legitimate son of Maréchal instead of Pierre?

The question is quite confusing. Madame Roland has two sons, Pierre and Jean. Pierre is the legitimate son, whereas his brother Jean, natural son of Maréchal, is the illegitimate one. Pierre suspects ...
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Did Voltaire say, "I’m not a believer, but I prefer my barber to be a Christian"?

I think I've found it! I want my lawyer, my tailor, my servants, even my wife to believe in God, because it means that I shall be cheated and robbed and cuckolded less often. … If God did not exist, ...
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Why is the last title in Proust's "Search For Lost Time" not consistently translated as "Time Found Again"?

"It seems to me that in these titles Proust intended an allusion to one of the aphorisms that Ben Franklin included in his book Poor Richard’s Almanac" It may seem that way to you, but what ...
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Why is the last title in Proust's "Search For Lost Time" not consistently translated as "Time Found Again"?

TLDR: Why is the last volume of Proust's masterpiece Le Temps retrouvé not consistently titled Time Found Again in English? Essentially, because if you change the title of the series from In Search of ...
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Did Voltaire say, "I’m not a believer, but I prefer my barber to be a Christian"?

Perhaps you are remembering this quote that en.Wikiquote says was misattributed to Voltaire “There is no God, but don't tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night”. False quote, ...
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