I'm crowdsourcing quotes for a family project, and along with Groupthink's many offerings I am mining brainyquote.com. Although I'm trying to focus on quotes by women, I had to browse the site's (stingy) Stendhal offerings. He is one of my favorite authors and his quote,

The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.

made me think of our subtle, heretofore unspoken duel in which you champion the history and literature of Soviet Russia whilst I champion that of 19th-century France.


That is all. Carry on with your evening, and if you are looking for an excellent novel, may I recommend a good translation of Le rouge et le noir(The Red and the Black)?