Those who first heard the name of Proust in Monty Python’s fish licence sketch will be pleased to know that the lyrics to “Eric the Half-a-Bee” contain what appears to be a nod to an absurd phrase in the Moncrieff translation of La fugitive:

I remember that it was in my room because at that moment I found a pleasure in having semi-carnal relations with her, because of the collective form originally assumed and now being resumed by my love for the girls of the little band, a love that had long been undivided among them […]

Cyril Connolly?


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