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tated and worked on 232-page man­u­script, has a great deal to live up to, as well as to en­joy.

In the same week, an­other in­tensely tac­tile ob­ject made a per­cus­sive price at Christie’s in Paris. Imag­ine hold­ing a pis­tol and know­ing that it had only ever been fired twice, at the cul­mi­na­tion of one of the most tem­pes­tu­ous af­fairs in lit­er­ary his­tory.

on July 10, 1873, the poet Paul Ver­laine bought a Le­faucheux­type pin-fire six-shot re­volver (Fig 2) from mon­tigny, a Brus­sels gun­smith, and then, drunk and maudlin, tried to kill his lover Arthur Rim­baud, who was leav­ing him. The first shot hit Rim­baud’s left wrist, the sec­ond ric­o­cheted into a win­dow frame.

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