the stranger

A stranger is ordinarily a person that is coming from another country.
In the question-answers that follows, all is taking place as if the one that is answering is not the stranger of anybody else.

To enjoy with moderation!

1 - Who do you love the best, enigmatic man, say? your father, your mother, your sister or your brother?
- I have neither father, nor mother, nor sister, nor brother.
- Your friends?
- You are using here a word whose meaning remains unknown to me to this day.
5 - Your homeland?
- I do not know in which latitude it lies.
- Beauty?
- I would love her willingly, goddess and immortal.
- Gold?
10 - I hate it as you hate God.
- Eh! what do you love then, extraordinary stranger?
12 - I love the clouds… the passing clouds … up there … up there … the marvelous clouds!


Charles Baudelaire, "the stranger".
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