By Patrick Sénécal
Il était une fois... Alice, une jeune fille curieuse, délurée, fonceuse et intelligente de Brossard. À dix-huit ans, poussée par son besoin d'affirmation de soi, elle décide qu'il est temps de quitter le cégep et le cocon familial pour aller vivre sa vie là où tout est attainable, c'est-à-dire dans l. a. métropole. À los angeles suite d'une rencontre fortuite dans le métro, Alice aboutit dans un quartier dont elle n'a jamais entendu parler et où les gens sont extrêmement bizarres. Mais c'est basic, non ? Elle est à Montréal et dans toute grande ville qui se respecte, il y a plein d'excentriques, comme Charles ou Verrue, d'illuminés, comme Andromaque ou Chess, et d'êtres encore plus inquiétants, comme Bone et Chair… Alice s'installe donc et mord à pleines dents dans los angeles vie, prête à tout pour se tailler une position. Or, elle ne peut savoir que là où elle a élu home, l'expression être « prêt à tout » revêt un sens très particulier…
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Scorn for wealth, for places, for honors, and [unclear] 6. Modest, sober, and well-regulated life 7. Inviolable respect for the word sworn, the promise made 8. The willingness to forget personal injuries 14 BARRICADES 9. Profound memory of the wrongs done to the masses 10. Moderation in the use of intoxicating drink 11. The habit of speaking little, and to the point 12. No desire to appear to shine and to impose oneself upon others 13. Self-control in gambling, love, anger, and the outpourings of the heart 14.
A reconstituted Poland was left under the control of Russia; Polish freedom ﬁghters would rebel in 1830–31, in 1848, in 1863. The Quadruple Alliance, in the few years of its post-congress existence, sent troops against liberal uprisings in Italy and Spain. The Vienna peacemakers accepted the one overriding fact of life in postwar Europe: France was still intact, still wealthy, still (even without Napoleon) a great power. They took away her empire—or rather, the empire had dissolved, in Napoleon’s retreat from Russia in December 1812, in his defeat at the battle of Leipzig in October 1813.
1 The new German Confederation had 35 states, loosely joined under the hereditary presidency of the Habsburg emperor—which meant, until 1848, the minister Clemens von Metternich, who imposed a regime of censorship and police surveillance. Italy was also left disunited, many of its ancien régime rulers kept in place or restored, including the Bourbons of the wretched Kingdom of Naples; Spain was given back its own unpopular Bourbon monarch. A reconstituted Poland was left under the control of Russia; Polish freedom ﬁghters would rebel in 1830–31, in 1848, in 1863.
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