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With that license the French take with their names, so this rising novelist styles himself. This acquaintance was of great advantage to Henry Murger. Monsieur Champfleury was a young man of energy and will, who took a practical view of life, and believed that a pen could in good hands earn bread as well as a yardstick, and command,

what the latter cannot hope, fame. He believed that independence
was the first duty of a literary man, and that true dignity consists in diligent labor rather than in indolent railing at fate and the scoffings

of "uncomprehended" genius. Monsieur Champfleury was no
poet. He detested poetry, and his accurate perception of the world showed him that poet

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