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Modern Love XXV: You Like Not That French Novel

Written by: George Meredith | Biography
 | Quotes (14) |
 You like not that French novel? Tell me why. 
You think it quite unnatural. Let us see. 
The actors are, it seems, the usual three: 
Husband, and wife, and lover. She--but fie! 
In England we'll not hear of it. Edmond, 
The lover, her devout chagrin doth share; 
Blanc-mange and absinthe are his penitent fare, 
Till his pale aspect makes her over-fond: 
So, to preclude fresh sin, he tries rosbif. 
Meantime the husband is no more abused: 
Auguste forgives her ere the tear is used. 
Then hangeth all on one tremendous IF:-- 
If she will choose between them. She does choose; 
And takes her husband, like a proper wife. 
Unnatural? My dear, these things are life: 
And life, some think, is worthy of the Muse.