Excerpt from The Great Masters of Russian Literature in the Nineteenth Century
But these trivialities, dressed in graceful idioms, are simply charming. To touch them, to analyze them, is like touching a soap-bubble. Fortunately, M. Dupuy has also all the Gallic acuteness and ... cleverness bf illus tration and, in spite of occasional glittering, illusive triteness, there is a solid basis of value, which remains even when the scintillations are dulled, when the iri descence is obscured by the veil of translation. His skill in giving the gist of a book is thoroughly characteristic and that, it is to be hoped, shines through the English.
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