Alexandre Dumas


Alexandre Dumas


Dumas’s quarrel with a rising young politician became so intense that a duel was inevitable. As both were superb shots, they decided to draw lots, the loser agreeing to shoot himself. Dumas lost. Pistol in hand, he withdrew in silent dignity to another room, closing the door behind him. The rest of the company waited in gloomy suspense for the sound of the shot that would end Dumas’s career. It rang out at last. They ran to the door, opened it, and there was Dumas, smoking revolver in hand. “Gentlemen, a most regrettable thing has happened. I missed.”


Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

~Alexandre Dumas
Biographical Note: 

Alexandre Dumas was a French novelist and playwright, often called Dumas père [father] to distinguish him from his illegitimate son and namesake, Dumas fils [son]. He wrote historical melodramas and romances. Among the latter The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-45), The Three Musketeers (1844), and The Black Tulip (1850) were outstandingly successful.