A child encumbers a fugitive; perhaps, on perceiving it was still alive, he had thrown it into the river.
I do not then see why, without real necessity, I should encumber my life with a perpetual companion.
Well, my dear father, in the shipwreck of life—for life is an eternal shipwreck of our hopes—I cast into the sea my useless encumbrance, that is all, and I remain with my own will, disposed to live perfectly alone, and consequently perfectly free.
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