Quotation by Marcel Proust

My consolation is to think of the women I have known, now that there is no longer such thing as elegance. But how can people who contemplate these horrible creatures under their hats covered in pigeon-houses or gardens, how can they understand the charm of seeing Madame Swann wearing a simple mauve cap or a small hat surmounted by a straight iris?
Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1954). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 426, Pléiade (1954).
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