"When Daudet's M. Joyeuse wanders idle and unemployed through the streets of Paris"

    Reference to a work by French novelist Alphonse Daudet, a popular novelist of his day now largely forgotten (See note to page 218).  The Nabob (1877) follows the attempts of a man of lower-class origins endowed with enormous wealth to break into Parisian high-society.  M. Joyeuse is a humble bookkeeper who is dropped by his firm after calling attention to its questionable practices – it is in fact prior to this that he daydreams in the manner Freud describes, anticipating a much-needed promotion rather than dismissal.


Online edition of Daudet's 'The Nabob', as translated by W. Blaydes, (1877)