Lot n° 66
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: 5 500EUR
DIDEROT Denis [Langres, 1713 - Paris, 1784],... - Lot 66 - Varenne Enchères
DIDEROT Denis [Langres, 1713 - Paris, 1784], French writer.
Autograph letter, addressed to Marie-Madeleine Jodin in Warsaw. ; 4 pages in-8° (18 x 12 cm), stains and tears.
Letter listed in the Correspondence of 1765.
"Mademoiselle, we have received all your letters, but it is difficult for us to guess whether you have received all ours. I am satisfied with the way you use it with your mother. Keep this way of acting and thinking. You will have all the more merit in my eyes, since obliged by state to simulate all sorts of feelings on the stage, it often happens that one retains none, and that the whole conduct of life becomes only a game, which one adjusts as one can to the different circumstances in which one finds oneself. [...] When you put down the clothes of Merope, Alzire, Zaire or Zenobia, hang everything that belongs to them on your coat rack. Take up the natural purpose of society, the simple and honest maintenance of a well-born woman. [...] In a society of men, distinguish, address yourselves preferably to those who have age, sense, reason and morals. [...] Do not disdain anyone's advice. It sometimes pleases nature to place a sensitive soul and a very delicate heart in a man of the most common condition. [...] It is important, when you appear on the stage, to have the first moment for yourself, and you will always have it if you present yourself with the bearing and the face of your situation. Do not let yourself be distracted in the wings. It is there above all that you must keep away from gallantry and flattery, and everything that would tend to draw you out of your role. [...] Examine men in their most violent fits of rage, and you will notice nothing of the sort. In spite of poetic emphasis, bring your play as close to nature as you can; make fun of harmony, cadence, and hemistiche; have clear, clean, and distinct pronunciation, and consult only feeling and sense about the rest. If you have the right feeling of the true dignity, you will never be either lowly familiar, nor ridiculously pompous, especially to render the poets who have each one their character and their genius. [...] When there are in the cities, in the palaces, in the private houses, some beautiful paintings of history, do not fail to go to see them. Be an attentive spectator in all popular or domestic actions. [...] Never try to go beyond the feeling you have; try to make it right. I wanted to say a word to you about the business of the great. One always has the pretext or the reason of the respect which one owes to them to keep oneself far from them and to stop them far from oneself, and not to be exposed to the gestures which are familiar to them ".
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