What! Treat a lover in this way? And a lover who is
the most faithful and passionate of lovers?
It is a frightful thing that they have done to us both.
I show a woman all the ardor and tenderness that can
be imagined; I love nothing in the world but her, and I have nothing but
her in my thoughts; she is all I care for, all my desire, all my joy; I
talk of nothing but her, I think of nothing but her, I have no dreams but
of her, I breathe only because of her, my heart lives wholly in her; and
see how so much love is well repaid! I have been two days without seeing
her, which are for me two frightful centuries; I meet her by chance; my
heart, at that sight, is completely transported, my joy shines on my face;
I fly with ecstasy towards her -- and the faithless one averts her eyes
and hurries by as if she had never seen me in her life!
This Count who goes to her house is perhaps pleasant
in her view; and her mind, I well see, allows itself to be dazzled by social
standing. But it is necessary for me, for my honor, to prevent the scandal
of her inconstancy. I want to break off with her first and not leave her
all the glory of dumping me.
That's very well said, and I agree, for my part, with all
Strengthen my resentment and aid my resolve against
all the remains of love that could speak in her behalf. Tell me, I order
you, all the bad you can of her; make for me a painting of her that will
render her despicable; and show well, in order to disgust me, all the faults
that you can see in her.
Her, sir? There's a pretty fool, a well made flirt for you
to give so much love! I see only mediocrity in her, and you will find a
hundred women who will be more worthy of you. First of all, she has small
That's true, she has small eyes; but they are full of
fire, the brightest, the keenest in the world, the most touching eyes that
one can see.
That's how my vengeance will be more striking, in that
way I'll show better the strength of my heart, by hating her, by quitting
her, with all her beauty, all her charms, and as lovable as I find her.
Here she is.