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 seeing me approach, had his speech all ready, and, manning the entrance, said, with a disdainful air, before we had time to utter a word, ‘Monsieur may enter if he pleases, but madame must remain here’ (i. e., in the court-yard). After some exclamations of surprise, I found an alternative in the Hotel de Clugny, where I passed an hour very delightfully, while waiting for my companion. I was more fortunate in hearing Arago, and he justified all my expectations. Clear, rapid, full, and equal, his discourse is worthy its celebrity, and I felt repaid for the four hours one is obliged to spend in going, in waiting, and in hearing, for the lecture begins at half past 1, and you must be there before twelve to get a seat, so constant and animated is his popularity. I was present on one good occasion, at the Academy,— the day that M. Remusat was received there, in the place of Royer Collard. I looked down, from one of the tribunes, upon the flower of the celebrities of France; that is to say, of the celebrities which are authentic, come il faut. Among them were many marked faces, many fine heads; but, in reading the works of poets, we always fancy them about the age of Apollo himself, and I found with pain some of my favorites quite old, and very unlike the company on Parnassus, as represented by Raphael. Some, however, were venerable, even noble to behold. The poorer classes have suffered from hunger this winter. All signs of this are kept out of sight in Paris. A pamphlet called ‘The Voice of Famine,’ stating facts, though in a tone of vulgar and exaggerated declamation, was suppressed as soon as published. While Louis Philippe lives, the gases may not burst up
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