“Fear blows; 'tis verily tempting God to seek after danger!»
But if the incomparable knight and his matchless squire are imagined only upon this cane of mine, they are realities to my inner conscience. Within every one of us there lives both a Don Quixote and a Sancho Panza to whom we hearken by turns; and though Sancho most persuades us, it is Don Quixote that we find ourselves obliged to admire….
But a truce to this dotage!—and let us go to see Madame de Gabry about some matters more important than the everyday details of life….
I found Madame de Gabry dressed in black, just buttoning her gloves.”