in the novels. -by maria t.

“In the novels of Balzac, we see his heroines purposely put on one or another dress on the day on which they are expecting some particular visitor.  The dresses of to-day have less character, always excepting the creations of Fortuny.  There is no room for vagueness in the novelist’s description, since the gown does really exist, and the merest sketch of it is as naturally preordained as a copy of a work of art…”

-Remembrance of things past, The Captive, Part I, pg 35, by Marcel Proust.

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