My dear Maurice,
No! Erase Cruchard and Polycarp and replace those words by what you like.
The Public ought not to have all of us — let us reserve something for ourselves. That seems to me more decent (quod decet). You do not speak of a COMPLETE EDITION? Ah! your poor dear mamma! How often I think of her! And what need I have of her! There is not a day when I do not say: “If she were there, I should ask her advice.”
I shall be at Croisset till the 8th or the 10th of May. So, my old fellow, when you wish to come there, you will be welcome. I embrace you all from the oldest to the youngest.
Cruchard for you,
Polycarp for the human race,
Gustave Flaubert for Literature
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