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1898. Excerpt: ... HEINRICH HEINE'S LAST DAYS I "YAS it
indifference, or that preoccupation rendered him superior to
matters of taste? Or, was it simply the sad effect of the
embarrassment which weighed on the household and called so
imperatively for economy? In these days of knick-knacks and
trifles, when every artist makes for himself, if not a picturesque,
at least a comfortable nest, the home of the poet resembled a
third-class lodging. Destitute of refinement, and with no attempt
at comfort, it was fitted up with bits of second-hand furniture,
recalling the de 9 generate period which gave mahogany the place of
honour, and banished deal to the garret. When I saw Heinrich Heine
for the first time, he was living on the fifth floor of a house in
the Avenue Matignon, near the Rond Point in the Champs Elysdes. His
windows, which overlooked the avenue, opened on to a narrow
balcony, which in hot weather was embellished by a striped awning,
such as one sees in front of small cafe's. The appartement
consisted of three or four rooms, one of which was the dining-room,
the two others being occupied by the master and mistress of the
house. A low couch behind a screen covered with painted paper, a
few chairs, and, opposite the door, a walnut wood writing-table,
this was all the furniture in the sick man's room. I had almost
forgotten two framed engravings of the early part of
LouisPhilippe's reign--" The Harvesters," and "The Fishers," after
Leopold Robert. Thus far, the arrangement of the home betrayed no
trace of a woman's presence. That was to be found in the other
room, in the imitation lace trimmings of the yellow cotton blinds,
in the brackets draped with brown velvet, but, above all, in the
full-length portrait of Frau Heine herself, hung in a favourable
light, with dress and...
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