The Vilest Poison

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 · Quotes

The Vilest Poison

“We call it le cafard.  The cockroach.  It crawls round and round in the brain, and the greater the heat, the monotony, the hardship, the overwork, the over-marching, and the drink—the faster goes the beetle and the more it tickles . . . And do you know what is the egg of this beetle? No? It is beau gesteabsinthe. Absinthe is the uncle and aunt of the grandparents of cafard. It is the vilest poison. Avoid it. I know what I am saying. I was brought up on it. . . . Terrible. . . . I had some just now, after my wine.”  Beau Geste by P. C. Wren, 1924.

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