Remembrance: Marcel Proust – Part 9

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


Part 9

“Now there is
one thing I can tell you:
you will enjoy
certain pleasures
you would not fathom now.
When you still
had your mother
you often thought
of the days
when you would have
her no longer.
Now you will often think
of days past
when you had her.
When you are used
to this horrible thing
that they will forever
be cast into the past,
then you will gently
feel her revive,
returning to take her place,
her entire place,
beside you.
At the present time,
this is not yet possible.
Let yourself be inert,
wait till
the incomprehensible power …
that has broken you
restores you a little,
I say a little,
for henceforth
you will always keep
something broken about you.
Tell yourself this, too,
for it is a kind of pleasure
to know that
you will never love less,
that you will never be consoled,
that you will constantly
remember more and more.”
― Marcel Proust

Marcel_Proust_(Père_Lachaise) side by side hotel - grave

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