Saturdays with Stendhal 2

Notional Saturday.  Saturday in my heart.  This, from On Love:

I crave leave to slander France a little more.

Actually, not.  I am great lover of France.  (Recall that the poet Blaise Cendrars, on the outbreak of the First World War, distributed a manifesto proclaiming that all true poets would fight for France.  Cendrars joined the Foreign Legion and faced some of the worst fighting, losing an arm.) (On Love, Chapter 42, Love in France, cont.)