A big parcel arrives from Abe Books, containing Le Petit Robert, the monolingual dictionary which is generally regarded as the most useful and accessible by French people. It is only "petit" in the sense that it is not its bigger brother Le Grand Robert de la Langue Francais, which consists of 9 volumes. Le Petit must suffice for me. It has plenty of examples included in the definitions, which is an important feature serving almost as a dictionary of quotations.
A piece of A 4 paper has on it what looks like a red stain. On close examination I see veins and a familiar outline and I realize that it is a print of a single petal which I made by exposing the petal to the photocopy facility on my printer. I like it for it ambiguity and apparent fortuitousness.
Was it secondhand? If so, when was it published? I find I have to replace them fairly frequently because of datedness, though this may be less important with a uni-dicker. There is also the physical imperative. Merely lifting the thing up, leafing through, and setting it down eventually starts to erode the binding. I cannot bear to use any book (even a novel) if it has loose pages. Anal?
Second hand andI am afraid, old (1977) but only £15.00 plus postage. I'm not too bothered about being up-to-date with this one. I have a more up-to-date edition of Robert Micro Poche for reading in bed, where its manouvrabilty helps I have worn out two dictionaries and don't like loose pages either. Anal? Who cares?
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