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The following Thursday, the 22nd of June, 193y, the public session took place. The Secretary of the Academy gives only twenty seats to the newly elected member. I could only provide places in the Centre for my mother, my wife, my children, my mother- and father-in-law and a few of my intimates. But many of my friends had obtained tickets by courtesy of other academicians, and as I entered I saw the faces of all those who were dear to me. This entrance is made to the sound of rolling drums while the guards present arms and their officer salutes with his sword. For the man who is going to speak it is a thrilling moment. Seated between my two sponsors, somewhat stifled by my green uniform, uncomfortable in my plumed bicorn hat, I looked at the two statues that stood on either side of the Desk, those of Bossuet and Fenelon. Seated exactly below were General Weygand and Ambassador Paleologue; one of my great anxieties throughout my whole speech was the glass of water resting on the narrow shelf, which I feared I might upset upon those illustrious heads.
`Monsieur Andre Maurois has the floor for the reading of his speech of thanks...'
My heart pounded, but when I got to my feet the reception was such that I felt reassured. I do not know whether the heart of Paris has changed; I do not think so; however that may be, the Parisian public that day gave me one of the great joys of my life.
Monsieur Andre Chevrillon, who replied, graciously spared me the customary strictures so that no bitterness spoiled that enchanted hour for me. As I listened to him, I looked at the attentive and crowded heads of the onlookers. At the foot of the Desk, perched on high stools, sat some of the beautiful women of Paris: Edmee de La Rochefoucauld, Marthe de Fels, Henriette de Martel. In the centre I discovered the sweet face of Frances Phipps; then the bright eyes of Anne Desjardins which brought back the walks beneath the cloisters and the beautiful evenings at Pontigny; Jeanne Mauriac and her daughters; Blanche Duhamel and her sons; higher up the fourteen grandchildren of Monsieur Doumic, a group of Norman students from the Lycee, comrades of war and a few old friends from Elbeuf who evoked the pounding of the looms and the high chimneys with their tufts of smoke. It was sweet on such a day to fmd this cluster of friends come together from all the stages of my life ... But while Andre Chevrillon talked about Byron, Disraeli and Lyautey, why should

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a Greek verse, unsummoned, echo ceaselessly in my mind, lugubrious and prophetic? Why should the sublime and bleeding face of MounetSully in CEdipus Rex haunt me on this day of triumph? Why should I think so forcibly, the while a thousand faces smiled, that Destiny remains as redoubtable as it was in the most ancient times, that the sad wisdom of Sophocles is still true and that `no man may be called happy before his death'?

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