published in The New Yorker
In this passage, more a sketch or outline than a short story for itself, we get a glimpse of "many of the themes and scenes" Proust would use for his novel, "In Search of Lost Time." Here, we follow the narrator as he becomes infatuated with a group of aristocratic young women spending their summer in his beach town. At first, they ignore him, believing him to be below their own social status, until he shows them through ridiculous gestures, that he's part of their class.
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