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A Journey Round My Skull reprints The Infusion: An "Unsavory Tale" by French novelist, essayist, pamphleteer and poet Léon Bloy (translated from the French by Gilbert Alter-Gilbert, first English translation).


Since the death of her husband who was killed at Champigny and whom the young man barely remembered, she had never stopped mourning, and devoted herself exclusively to the education of her son, who never left her side for so much as a day. She shrank from the idea of sending him to school and, in dread of who knows what sorts of dubious persons he might come in contact, she took the burden of his instruction entirely upon herself, until his soul had been built with bits of hers. He drew from this regimen a restless disposition and uniquely vibrant nerves, which engendered in him a sensitivity to the most ridiculous aches and pains -- but also, perhaps, to very real dangers more...

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