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Aristocracy has three successive ages: the age of superiority, the age of privilege, and the age of vanity; on departing the first, it degenerates in the second, and expires in the last.
– François-René de Chateaubriand, Mémoires d’Outre-tombe (1848) bk I, ch 1: Vallée-aux-Loups, vol. 1, p. 7 (Pléiade ed.) (S.H. transl.)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”