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An American in Paris446 viewsDistantly aware of Parisian taxi horns while in rapture in the garden.

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.
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An American in Paris 4388 viewsMy purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as she strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere. Our American friend did temporarily succumb to a spasm of homesickness.
But, nostalgia is not a fatal disease. The American visitor once again is an alert spectator of Parisian life, and the street noises and French atmosphere are triumphant once again.
   
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