Flaubert’s cheat sheet

A new translation of Bouvard and Pécuchet includes the Dictionary of Received Ideas. An excerpt at Tingle Alley shows how little has changed since Flaubert’s day.

ACADEMY (French): Scoff at it but try to join if possible.

ACCIDENT: Add “deplorable” or “unfortunate” — as if misfortune could ever be cause for celebration.

ACHILLES: Add “fleet-footed”; it makes people think you’ve read Homer.


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