M. Le Roux delivered the third lecture of his series in Sanders Theatre yesterday afternoon on "Daudet, comme Peintre de la France provinciale du Midi."
M. Le Roux began by giving an account of his personal relations with Alphonse Daudet. He told of the encouragement he received from Daudet and of how he wrote some of his earlier essays in collaboration with him.
Daudet's first success, "Risler aine," shows the influence of Flaubert. In the "Nabab" and in "Les Rois en exil," not the customs of France, but the life of a cosmopolitan public is depicted. It is in "Numa Roumestan," in the "Tartarius," and especially in his marvelous short stories that we get a picture of life and manners in Southern France.
The life of the man of Southern France is a happy medium between the lazy, and therefore melancholy existence of the Spaniard, and the strenuous, rugged life of the Northerner. In this southern society where man is more easy-going and gallant than hardworking, nearly all responsibility falls on woman. Always pious and valiant, she bears on her shoulders all the duties of the home, and has won for herself the affection and admiration of all Frenchmen.
M. Le Roux will deliver his next lecture tomorrow, on the subject, "Maupassant, comme Peintre de l'Instinct de la Race."