Young women, never cast your eye on Bohemian bards who recite intoxicating and diabolical verses. You, young maidens, have faith in no star than the green one. And you, whose misfortune it is to be double, fight bravely through with your own sword you may have to strike at and wound yourself, the interior enemy, the wicked knight.
If you ask who brought us this legend from Norway, it was a swan: a lovely bird with a yellow beak that, half swimming, half flying, crossed the fjord.
Excerpt: Théophile Gautier, Le Chevalier Double, trans. Leonard Wolf, from Romans et Contes, Paris, Charpentier, 1863.
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