Les Destinées sentimentales by Jacques Chardonne

By Jacques Chardonne

De tous les romans de Jacques Chardonne, Les destinées sentimentales est sans doute le plus ambitieux. Cette fresque historique et intimiste retrace le destin de Jean et Pauline, un couple confronté aux secousses des premières décennies du XXe siècle. Aventure sentimentale et aventure sociale se mêlent, faisant de ce roman d'amour une subtile peinture de los angeles société bourgeoise et provinciale des grands fabricants de cognac et de porcelaine.

Une œuvre flamboyante, étrangement actuelle, qui révèle l'art et le kind d'un des plus grands romanciers français.

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Je le connais très bien. Mais vous n’êtes pas de Barbazac ? - J’habite chez mon oncle. - Je ne vous ai jamais rencontrée... LA FEMME DE JEAN BARNERY 31 - C’est mon premier bal ! votre premier bal ! J’aurais dû m’en douter. I1 y a en vous quelque chose de si neuf. une telle joie I - J’ai ... surtout peur de ma gaucherie 11 parut réfléchir et son visage morne aux traits si durs s’éclaira d’une expression tendre, fougueuse, enfantine : - Cette gaucherie... l’indécision de tout ce qui commence...

Là-bas dans le salon bleu ... - Non, je ne veux pas. - Soyez gentille:... Vous n’allez pas me refuser Elle s’enfuit à travers le hall, perdant sa direction comme dans une brume, croyant que son tumulte intérieur se manifestait à tous par un désordre de sa robe, de ses cheveux, de ses gestes. Dans le vestiaire des dames où un grand miroir ovale était illuminé, elle trouva un refuge. Les femmes de chambre sommeillaient dans une pièce voisine. Pauline Ôta ses gants et s’assit devant la coiffeuse, sans se regarder; les coudes appuyés, elle: cacha ses yeux dans ses mains froides, sans penser, sans rien sentir que la gêne de sa respiration bridée.

Elle était montée à la tribune du temple, où des jeunes filles entouraient le pasteur assis devant l’harmonium. Une lampe éclairait son visage immobile; la lumière à hauteur des yeux accusait la dureté de son regard. s forêts. 8 Alors Mlle Bertin lança une éclatante fausse note et le regard moqueur de Pauline rencontra les yeux souriants de Jean Barnery. Lorsque Pauline se rappelait ce coup d‘ceil malicieux ... ... ... ... LA FEMME DE JEAN BARNERY 39 de Jean jeté vers elle, et qui fut le commencement de leur amitié, elle voyait distinctement son visage.

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