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Misremembrance of Things Past 

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Dear editors,

I am always pleased to see works of great literature referred to in other contexts, so I was glad to see Jonathan Rosenbaum's review of the recent French film L'ennui begin with a quote from Proust [January 28]. But Mr. Rosenbaum should have dipped another madeleine in his tea to refresh his memory. The woman over whom Swann expressed such remorse was not Gilberte, his much beloved daughter, but her mother, the demimondaine Odette, who was first his mistress and later his wife.

Eileen G. Soderstrom

W. Greenleaf

Jonathan Rosenbaum replies:

Thanks for the correction. An embarrassing gaffe on my part.

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