This comprises three novels, all published first in roman feuilleton form: La Rondache (serialized in the Revue hebdomadaire in 1905, published in book form in 1906); La Theriaque (serialized in La Nouvelle Revue in 1910, published in 1912); and Les Amants de Pise (dated 1908 in its epilogue, serialized in Le Figaro in 1911, published in 1912 (depot legal 1913)).
La Rondache marks an attempt to humanize this aesthetic role, and also to explore the multiple consequences of such inspiration.
The protagonist is Andre Torigny, a twenty-year-old law graduate from Rennes, blessed at the outset only with an 'imagination vraiment vierge' (Rondache, p.
Torigny also understands this: Je Faime comme on aime un chef-d'oeuvre, mais non comme une femme qu'on epouse' (Rondache, p.
The commensaux agree--in a largely abstract intellectual exercise--that killing Gcertz would be justifiable (Rondache, p.
The Perros episode ends touchingly with Marguerite and Ermont destined for marriage (Rondache, p.
Although it is a forgotten text today, La Rondache clearly gained some attention in its own time, as it won Peladan the Prix Montyon, administered by the Academie Francaise and awarded for works encouraging public virtue.
In this light it is worth noting that the moralistic conclusion of La Rondache condemns Torigny as an example of 'l'homme du siecle, c'est-a-dire tout le monde sauf le monne' (Rondache, p.
In this potentially improper situation, a mutual restraint worthy of Peladan initiates keeps the relationship between Simone and Ugolino chaste, as it develops in the inevitable manner denied to Torigny and Marguerite in La Rondache.
(15) It is given as 'en preparation' in La Rondache, but this tells us relatively little as Peladan was in the habit of announcing volumes long before he started writing them.