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An impartial eye would discover beauty in this dirty, spindly, and sooty child — using the eyes of a connoisseur to discover the ideal paints beneath the veneer of an outcast, and applying the repugnant patina of misery onto their canvas.

Instead, here is what he watches:. There, there is a beautiful and well-kempt child, dressed in coquettish country styled clothing.

Project MUSE – The Gift of Memory in Baudelaire’s “Morale du joujou”

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The poor child gives the rich one his favorite toy, who avidly examines it like a rare and unknown object. Undoubtedly, his parents thriftily captured the plaything themselves. Lying on the grass beside him is a splendid plaything, looking as fresh as its master: This site uses cookies.


On the other side of the gate, on the road between the nettles and the weeds, there is another child. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Morale du joujou

Notify me of new comments via email. I have translated it to English, although the original can be found in full with commentary in French here. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

There are so few amusements that are without guilt! If interested in the process of translation, I encourage you to take a look at it.

Charles Baudelaire

Although I first did a literal translation, I moralr here another edition that takes some stylistic liberties. I will give you an idea for innocent entertainment. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The luxury, recklessness, and the habitual spectacle of wealth, makes these children appear so lovely that one would think them crafted from something different than the children of mediocrity or poverty.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The whiteness of a lovely sun-beaten house appears from behind the gate of a large garden on a road.


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Email required Address never made public. Then their hands will grip strongly at the gift, and they will flee from you like cats that take the morsels you have given them and eat far away, having learned to distrust man. Instead, here is what he watches: You are commenting using your WordPress.


However, this toy, that the slovenly child had irritated and agitated through shaking in its gated box, is a live rat. When you leave in the morning with the intention to stroll through the large streets, fill your pockets with small inventions, — those paper jouou moved by a single thread, the anvil-beating blacksmiths, the rider and his horse whose tail is a whistle — and along the cabarets at the foot of the trees, give the toys in homage to the unknown children and poor that you encounter.

But the child does not occupy himself with his preferred toy. At first, they will refuse to take it; they doubt their good luck.

And the two children laugh beside one another as brothers, with teeth of an equal whiteness. You will be able to see their eyes widen immeasurably. The two worlds of the large street and the mansion are separated between a symbolic barrier.