The Celestial Lover
A fragment of verse in prose
The Café Strelitz was almost empty.
Upon a hot midday in July, Don Juan wandered
into the Café Strelitz for his breakfast. I know not by what
chance he had left the rest of the world to go that day to the Valdau
races with[out] him. Whether in search of some adventure
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The most fashionable of Restaurants was white with empty tables,
for the Prix dHonneur was being run that afternoon at Valdaumagnificent
waiters sat about in magnificent unruffled expectation of the telegrams
from the racecourse and rose reluctantly when there came some demand
for coffee or the addition.
¶ 1897. Beardsley mentions the story of the
Celestial Lover, and an accompanying picture, in several letters,
but only this fragment of manuscript, preserved at Princeton, is