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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Bon-Mot
By Louis Veuillot (1813–1883)
 
From ‘Les Odeurs de Paris’

AN ACTRESS had lost her mother, whom she adored. She received from the theatre an order to attend a rehearsal. She wrote a touching letter, requesting a few days to give to her grief. The director, furious, fined her.  1
  “Doesn’t she mean to play,” he said, “while her mother is dead?”  2
  This is what is called a bon-mot. The journal which cites one is called upon to invent it. There are people whose business it is to make bons-mots. They are paid as much as three or four sous a line, and they make some which are not bad. But this director’s bon-mot was not invented, I think, but fell from the true lips of nature.  3
 
 
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