Notwithstanding his desperate effort to realize Poe’s idea, he [Baudelaire] only proved Poe correct, who had said that no man can bare his heart quite naked; there always will be something held back, something false ostentatiously thrust forward. The grimace, the attitude, the pomp of rhetoric are so many buffers between the soul of man and the sharp reality of published confessions.
Un mari porte un masque avec le monde, et une grimace avec sa femme. A husbandwears a mask intheworld and a smirk withhis wife.Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux
What are we learning Frenchor thepianofor,Iwould like to know, if it is not to be sold to a man some day? We have to cringe, and manoeuvre, and grimace for a husbanda husband who may be deaf orhavea hump if he is richa husband that may attack you in delirium tremens to-day if he makes a devout act of contrition for it to-morrow.
Thackeray is everybody's past — is everybody's youth. Forgotten friends flit about the passages of dreamy colleges and unremembered clubs; we hear fragments of unfinished conversations, we see faces without names for an instant, fixed forever in some trivial grimace: we smell the strong smell of social cliques now quite incongruous to us; and there stir in all the little rooms at once the hundred ghosts of oneself.william makepeace thackeray
Je voudrais bien voir la grimace qu'il fait à cette heure sur cet échafaud.