Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
D’Albert is a young Frenchman of twenty-two, handsome, artistic, well educated, and well versed in the affairs of the world. He loves beauty, especially female beauty. All his life he has dreamed of women, but he has never met the woman of his dreams, a woman who combines the beauty of a nude painted by Peter Paul Rubens with that of a nude by Titian. It is little wonder that he has not found her.
Another thing lacking in d’Albert’s life is a mistress. One day, his friend de C—— offers to take him around the town and discourse on the various ladies of his acquaintance so that d’Albert can make a choice. The expedition is a delightful one, as de C—— seems to have precise and full information not only on the outward circumstances of every beauty but also on the very quality of her mind. After some hesitation, d’Albert finally decides to lay siege to Rosette, a beautiful young woman; he chooses her because he thinks she is the most likely to bring his romantic and poetic mind down to earth.
It does not take d’Albert long to win Rosette’s love, and they are soon acknowledged lovers. Rosette is pliable, versatile, and always entertaining. She does not leave d’Albert alone long enough for him to indulge in musing daydreams. Variety is the spice of their love.
For five months they are the happiest of lovers, but then d’Albert begins to tire of Rosette. When she notices that his ardor is cooling, Rosette knows...
(The entire section is 978 words.)
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