Literature

Stendhal’s Privileges

Rome, April 10, 1840   May God grant me the following licence1: Article 1. — Never any serious pain until ripe old age: and then no pain, but death by apoplexy, in bed while asleep without any physical or mental suffering. Every year, no more than three days of illness. The body and what comes out of it odourless. Article 2. — The following miracles will be neither seen nor suspected by anyone. Article 3. — The mentula2, like the index finger for hardness and mobility; this whenever desired. Shape two inches longer than the big toe, same girth. But…

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