The psychology of character is interesting. One cannot be interested in crime without being interested in psychology. It is not the mere act of killing, it is what lies behind it that appeals to the expert.
The outward form – it is a bagatelle – but it matters to people. It enables them to keep the amour propre.
No human being should learn from another. Each individual should develop his own powers to the uttermost, not try to imitate those of someone else.
It is a great misfortune for a man to have a wife who loves him. She creates the scenes of jealousy, she makes him look ridiculous, she insists on having all his time and attention. Ah! non, it is not the bed of roses.
Do you not know, my friend, that each one of us is a dark mystery, a maze of conflicting passions and desires and attitudes?
Do not antagonize your son! He is of an age to choose for himself. Because his choice is not your choice, do not assume that you must be right. If it is a misfortune – then accept misfortune. Be at hand to aid him when he needs aid. But do not turn him against you.