Monday, May 28, 2007

french archbishop bourdaloue

listen, prince, i stayed here last night, first, out of particular respect for the french archbishop bourdaloue* (we kept the corks popping at lebedev's till three in the morning)......

*note 45: he is actually making a pun on bordeaux wine and the russian work burda, which means "swill".

from richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky's translation of fyodor dostoevsky's the idiot, 1898 page 309

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