Le Chevalier Des Touches  

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"Two works in particular of Barbey d'Aurevilly's fired Des Esseintes' imagination: the Prêtre marié ("Married Priest") and the Diabolique. Others, such as l'Ensorcelé ("The Bewitched"), the Chevalier des Touches, Une vieille Maîtresse ("An Old Mistress"), were no doubt better balanced and more complete works, but they appealed less warmly to Des Esseintes, who was genuinely interested only in sickly books with health undermined and exasperated by fever. In these comparatively sane volumes Barbey d'Aurévilly was perpetually tacking to and fro between those two channels of Catholicism which eventually run into one,—mysticism and Sadism." -- À rebours, translation by Havelock Ellis

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Le Chevalier Des Touches est un roman de Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly publié en 1864, inspiré de la vie du héros de la chouannerie Jacques Destouches. Mais Jacques Destouches n'est il pas tout de même différent du chevalier des touches ?


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