Nothing to see here.
It’s all so very tiresome ;-)
Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Guatier (1834-36) English version: Penguin Classics 2005, translated from French by Helen Constantine, Chapter XI.
One of the chevalier d’Albert’s more humorous and entertaining rants in his many and long-winded letters to poor, direly tested pen pal Silvio.
Mademoiselle de Maupin is considered a cornerstone in the formation and contemporary conceptualization of the aesthetic and romantic movements of the 19th century. Among romantics Gautier is uniquely avant-garde and demonstrates in his novel, at a very early time in history, his notion of a firm connection between classic aesthetics and the romantic ideals that were to emerge in the next half century.