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Louis de l. a. Salle had promised to accompany him to the lodge and percentage a similar pension. Marcel could have needed to go to, for sentimental purposes, where the place Aubert had spent the final satisfied days of his brief existence, a pilgrimage Marcel had most likely mentioned with Willie Heath. quite little is understood approximately Heath other than that at age twelve he switched over from Protestantism to Catholicism. within the spring of 1893 he and Marcel usually met for leisurely strolls within the Bois de Boulogne. As they talked, Marcel saw Willie's "impenetrable, smiling eyes," which appeared "fastened upon an unstated enigma. " the 2 younger males, their creative apprehensive platforms totally attuned to one another, ambled throughout the huge park in its springtime attractiveness, hatching Utopian plans to "spend increasingly more of our lives with each other in a circle of guys and ladies selected for his or her great-heartedness, and sufficiently a ways faraway from foolishness 15O self-importance reasonable and vice and malice to provide us a sense that we have been immune to the arrows of men's spite. "19 it's been stated that Aubert and Heath resembled one another. 20 but if the to be had pictures are exact, the cousins regarded not anything alike. Edgar Aubert used to be a solid-looking younger guy with robust beneficial properties, albeit with a bit dreamy eyes, as Marcel famous, while Willie Heath had the looks of a tender dandy with positive factors as smooth as these of Laure Hayman's collectible figurines. Heath, like many with whom Marcel grew to become infatuated, appeared the very photograph of the well-dressed aesthete, posing for his formal picture in based tails with most sensible hat, cane, and gloves, a boutonniere, and a narrow, leather-bound quantity as an extra prop. it seems that, Heath was once now not reticent and sarcastic as Aubert may be now and again, and he eagerly joined Marcel in his dream of escaping to an idyllic colony of good-looking youths, delicate and loving. in the course of the early summer time months, Marcel started what a real flirtation with Mile Germaine Giraudeau, whom he met at Pierre Lavallee's. Marcel had bought Germaine's picture and defined it in such heated phrases in her autograph e-book that the girl's confessor ordered her to rip out the web page and smash the passage, thereby denying herself—and a person else—the chance to learn it back. Marcel had already all started utilizing occasions from his existence as grist for his literary mill and his flirtation with Germaine supplied the party for a heterosexual delusion. now and then he can have thought of marriage as a handy monitor for his actual erotic longings, as do a little homosexuals depicted within the seek. even supposing he requested Pierre Lavallee, in a July letter, even if he knew the place Germaine was once, Marcel quick misplaced curiosity in her, as he continuously did in younger, unattached ladies. 21 In overdue June, Marcel bought a prepublication replica of Le Chefdes odeurs suaves (The commander of heavenly odors), Montesquieu's moment number of poems, committed virtually solely to flora. Marcel, who loved plant life, wrote to thank the count number: "Sir, i've been mendacity considering that this morning during this starry meadow, worshipping this heaven of plants.