‘Then she would find her tongue and say: “My—” or “My darling—” followed by my Christian name, which, if we give the narrator the same name as the author of this book, would be, “My Marcel,” or “My darling Marcel.”’

The Captive, In Search of Lost Time
Marcel Proust, 10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922
Painting by Jacques-Émile Blanche

‘Then she would find her tongue and say: “My—” or “My darling—” followed by my Christian name, which, if we give the narrator the same name as the author of this book, would be, “My Marcel,” or “My darling Marcel.”’

The Captive, In Search of Lost Time
Marcel Proust, 10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922
Painting by Jacques-Émile Blanche