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Monday, 19 November 2012

Preparing to write

Friday, November 19th., Villa des Nefliers.

Yesterday I finished making a list of all social, political, and artistic events, which I thought possibly useful for my novel between 1872 and 1882. Tedious bore, for a trifling ultimate result in the book. But necessary. To-day in the forest I practically arranged most of the construction of the first part of the novel. Still lacking a title for it. If I thought an ironic title would do, I would call it "A thoughtful young man". But the public is so damned slow in the uptake.
I am now getting to the end of my year's work. In a week, I shall have nothing to do except collection of information on the spot for the novel.
To-day I finished and mounted another water colour, of Arbonne, - one of my least rotten.

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