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Excerpt from The First Republic, Vol. 1 of 2: Or the Whites and the BluesIn the preface to The Company of Jehu, I told how that novel came to be made- and those who have read the book know very well what I borrowed of Nodier, the eye-witness ofMoreExcerpt from The First Republic, Vol. 1 of 2: Or the Whites and the BluesIn the preface to The Company of Jehu, I told how that novel came to be made- and those who have read the book know very well what I borrowed of Nodier, the eye-witness of the death of the four Companions: I borrowed my finale of him.Now, The Whites and the Blues, being a continuation of The Company of Jehu, no one will be surprised that I borrow again of Nodier. During his long illness, which was only the gradual extinction of his strength, I was one of his most constant visitors- and as he had not had time, owing to his incessant labors, to read my books when he was well, no sooner was he ill and confined to his bed than he collected about him the seven or eight hundred volumes I had published up to that time, and devoured them. The more knowledge he got of my ways of work, the more his confidence in my literary ability increased- and every time I spoke to him of himself he would answer: -Oh, as for me, time was always lacking.1 never had leisure to do more than pencil sketches- whereas you, if you had taken this or that subject of which I have made a novel in one volume, - you would have made one in ten.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.