Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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vivre, etaient assez mal adaptees a la nature delicate
de ma constitution; mais je m'y employai de grand coeur, et y trouvai
mon compte, comme ailleurs, grace aux rigides habitudes d'exactitude
methodique qui m'avaient ete si rudement inculquees par cette delicieuse
vieille nourrice--que je ne pourrais oublier sans etre le dernier des
hommes. En observant, dis-je, la plus stricte methode dans toutes mes
operations, et en tenant bien regulierement mes livres, je pus venir a
bout des plus serieuses difficultes, et finis par m'etablir tout a fait
convenablement dans la profession. Il est de fait que peu d'individus
ont su, dans quelque profession que ce soit, faire de petites affaires
plus serrees que moi. Je vais precisement copier une page de mon
Livre-Journal; ce qui m'epargnera la peine de trompeter mon propre
eloge--pratique meprisable, dont un esprit eleve ne saurait se rendre
coupable. Et puis, le Livre-Journal est une chose qui ne sait pas
mentir.

--_1 janvier._ Jour du nouvel an. Rencontre Brusque dans la rue--gris.
Memorandum:--il fera l'affaire. Rencontre Bourru peu de temps apres,
soul comme un ane. Mem: Excellente affaire. Couche mes deux hommes sur
mon grand livre, et ouvert un compte avec chacun d'eux.

_2 janvier._--Vu Brusque a la Bourse, l'ai rejoint et lui ai marche sur
l'orteil. Il est tombe sur moi a coups de poing et m'a terrasse. Merci,
mon Dieu!--Je me suis releve. Quelque petite difficulte pour m'entendre
avec Sac, mon attorney. Je faisais monter les dommages et interets a
mille; mais il dit que pour une simple bousculade, nous ne pouvons pas
exiger plus de cinq cents. Mem: Il faudra se debarrasser de Sac:--pas le
moindre _systeme_.

_3 janvier._--Alle au theatre, pour m'occuper de Bourru. Je l'ai vu
assis dans une loge de cote au second rang, entre une grosse dame et une
maigre. Lorgne toute la societe jusqu'a ce que j'aie vu la grosse dame
rougir et murmurer quelque chose a l'oreille de B. Je tournai alors
autour de la loge, et y entrai, le nez a la portee de sa main. Allait-il
me le tirer?--Non: me souffleter? J'essayai encore--pas davantage.
Alors je m'assis, et fis de l'oeil a la dame maigre, et a ma grande
satisfaction, le voila qui m'empoigne par la nuque et me lance au beau
milieu du parterre. Cou disloque, et jambe droite gravement endommagee.
Rentre triomphant a la maison, bu une bouteille de champagne, et inscrit
mon jeune homme pour cinq mille.--Sac dit que cela peut aller.

_15 fevrier._--Fait un compromis avec M. Brusque. Somme entree dans le
journal: cinquante centimes--voir.

_16 fevrier._--Chasse par ce vilain drole de Bourru, qui m'a fait
present de cinq dollars. Cout

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