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PART I - THE PRESENT
CHAPTER VIII - HAPPINESS!

And during a morning of that eternal spring they saw ` une apparition inexpliquable ' upon the blue and white of the sea. It was the Commandant Letambot and his jolly tars, who had been chasing the Boche. He landed on the island, exclaimed, ` Quelle trouvaille !' and hoisted the tricolour upon a lofty palm. After many days he returned. The whole' horizon was black with smoke this time. An immense fleet arrived, full of soldiers, colonists, officials, photographers, commercial travellers, botanists, electricians, policemen ; and the Commandant made a speech in which he told the two inhabitants that their island's name was ` L'ile du Coin du Monde,' and that he was bringing to it ` le bonheur,' happiness. Before long the giraffes were exterminated and the waterfalls diverted for industrial purposes ; the trees were cut down, and a public garden installed where they had grown ; the birds were chased by gallant airmen out of the sky ; and the mountains were scored with funiculars, and crowned with hotels for ladies and their dogs. Macao and Cosmage grew old. They could not find the happiness that they had been promised, they had lost the, solitude that they loved, and they went upon the matter before the Governor, weeping. The Governor was a young and energetic man. He removed his cigar for a moment, and spoke over his shoulder to Macao and Cosmage as follows :

`Vous vivez a l'epoque des grandes inventions ; l'activite humaine, sous toutes ses formes, est sans limites ! Le bonheur est dans le travail.'

` I don't understand what you mean by work,' replied Macao, ` and I am too old to learn.' However, he obtained permission to depart, together with Cosmage, and to seek out some corner which civilization had not yet blessed. They set out, followed by their faithful animals, and, having walked for many, many days, came to a place where the sky was not covered with smoke. It was a poor place compared to the home of their youth, but the trees, though scanty, were beautiful ; the birds, though rare, still sang ; and there was a little stream. Here they built a small house, and sitting on its doorstep, in extreme old age, they had the experience of happiness: ...
O beautiful book ! O wisest of books ! What help do you bring after all ? You only underline the inevitable. As the

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author remarks, ` Enfant, Macao etait un sage, mais le gouverneur avait raison.' But your scarlet birds, your purple precipices and white ponds, are part of a dream from which humanity will never awake. In the heart of each man there is contrived, by desperate devices, a magical island such as yours. We place it in the past or the future for safety, for we dare not locate it in the present, because of the Commandant Letambot, who sails upon every sea. We call it a memory or a vision to lend it solidity, but it is neither really ; it is the outcome of our sadness, and of our disgust with the world that we have made.

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