merimee says of George Sand that he has known her "maigre comme un clou et noire comme une taupe."
One day, when she felt bored and desperate, merimee paid his court to her, and she listened to him.
There are fine things in Balzac and passages in merimee which strike one like a keen blast of sea air.
She tells of her intimacy with merimee, an intimacy which was of short duration and very unsatisfactory.
It is as clear and precise as merimee, and it has all the color and imagination that he lacks to make him a poet.
To this monster, merimee, in his Double Mistake, had given a thrust but a thrust that made it bleed only.
merimee had a certain fascination of manner, and the predatory instincts of George Sand were again aroused.