"I'm a bit of a Jacobin"
The Jacobin Club, Paris
Public DomainThe Jacobin Club, Paris
Being a 'Jacobin' originally meant being a member of the Jacobin Club during the French Revolution (1789–1794), i.e. being a revolutionary. It has since come to mean being a Republican. Despite France's evolution into the Third Republic, in Proust's time there were still a large number of the upper classes clinging on to titles from imperial and monarchical times.