from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Vigny, Comte Alfred Victor de 1797-1863. French writer. A leader of the romantic school, he wrote several volumes of poetry, including Les Destinées (1864).


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  • And he brought in a Swiss guy called Vigny who'd taken informal methods of walking-stick-fu and codified them into a system called la canne: he taught the part of the curriculum which involved fighting with walking sticks. "

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  • Mérimée's Chronique de Charles IX (1829), to be the culmination point of the French historical novel, to which those preceding it (such as Vigny's Cinq-mars,


  • In this collection inspired by the imaginary world of Balzac, Dumas, Maupassant, de Vigny and Flaubert, Rachel and Benoit Convers, the design team pay tribute to the theme of Secrecy.

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  • Marcel Proust, in an essay published in 1922, stated that along with Alfred de Vigny, Baudelaire was ‘the greatest poet of the nineteenth century’.

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  • Of the three principal characters, one is a savate expert and another is a master of la canne de combat, and is shown posing and fighting with the Vigny walking stick.

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  • The impression you get is that De Vigny was a bit of a sad sack.

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  • While the English wife was still ambulatory, on a trip to London De Vigny made friends with one of the sharpest tongues in criticism, Henry Fothergill Chorley.

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  • One of them, Quentin Durward a tale set in 1465, was reproduced with only the names changed by Alfred de Vigny, French Romantic poet and big fan of Scott.

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  • Unhappily married to a sickly Englishwoman and with a mistress actress Marie Dorval who gave him nothing but grief, Vigny retired hurt to a country estate.

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  • At the same time, though, both this ideal and another proposed by Vigny--the soldier as "monastic" devotee to his calling, working steadily through boredom as well as excitement--offer possibilities for thinking about the self in wartime, possibilities which stand in stark opposition to Widmerpool's relentless desire for self-advancement.

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