ONE night in the year '84 — upon my word, I am getting old! I shall follow Prince Hal's advice, and, after certain reformations, live cleanly in gray hairs. Well, one can't always be young; and it's a devil of a thing to have been young once. Eh, golden lads? And now I abdicate. My reign of youth is over: to you is the sceptre, my dear fellow, — to you, who are young, a lover of women, a drunkard of rhymes. To me is the twilight, the writing-table, and the fireplace. You shall love and rule and kiss many women; and you shall dream golden, splendid rhymes. I, in the twilight, summon the ghosts of women who were kissed too much, and sing over the old rhymes, threadbare now. On the whole, I think it is quite as pleasant! But it is well to have known the heroic candors and have been ravished by the splendid banalities of youth. One's twilights are less tedious.
There were women there, too. One I remember vaguely through the smoke of innumerable twilights. This was Marie Krysinka, a Polish Jewess, who pounded melodramatic music out of the piano, and was a poetess whose peculiar passion was corpses and snow. She used to hold "Thursdays" in her little apartment up five pairs of stairs in the Rue Monge. I heard afterward that she married an archaeologist — or was it a manufacturer of wooden toothpicks? Something of the sort.
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