Recollections of My Youth eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 258 pages of information about Recollections of My Youth.

PART II.

  Little Noemi.

PART I.

PART II.

  The petty seminary of st. Nicholas du Chardonnet.

PART I.

PART II.

PART III.

  The Issy seminary.

PART I.

PART II.

  The st. Sulpice seminary.

PART I.

PART II.

PART III.

PART IV.

PART V.

  First steps outside st. Sulpice.

PART I.

PART II.

PART III.

PART IV.

PART V.

APPENDIX

PREFACE.

One of the most popular legends in Brittany is that relating to an imaginary town called Is, which is supposed to have been swallowed up by the sea at some unknown time.  There are several places along the coast which are pointed out as the site of this imaginary city, and the fishermen have many strange tales to tell of it.  According to them, the tips of the spires of the churches may be seen in the hollow of the waves when the sea is rough, while during a calm the music of their bells, ringing out the hymn appropriate to the day, rises above the waters.  I often fancy that I have at the bottom of my heart a city of Is with its bells calling to prayer a recalcitrant congregation.  At times I halt to listen to these gentle vibrations which seem as if they came from immeasurable depths, like voices from another world.  Since old age began to steal over me, I have loved more especially during the repose which summer brings with it, to gather up these distant echoes of a vanished Atlantis.

This it is which has given birth to the six chapters which make up the present volume.  The recollections of my childhood do not pretend to form a complete and continuous narrative.  They are merely the images which arose before me and the reflections which suggested themselves to me while I was calling up a past fifty years old, written down in the order in which they came.  Goethe selected as the title for his memoirs “Truth and Poetry,” thereby

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