To write is the joy and torment of the idle. Oh to write! From time to time I feel a need, sharp as thirst in summer, to note and to describe. And then I take up my pen again and attempt the perilous and elusive task of seizing and pinning down, under its flexible double-pointed nib, the many-hued, fugitive, thrilling adjective...
Renee, Colette's heroine in La Vagabonde.
Colette by Jacques Humbert, ca. 1896
It is said that the legendary and controversial French author, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954) used Mandarin Yellow Parker Duofold.
Colette's Parker Duofold Mandarin Yellow,
as pictured in Belles Lettres. Manuscripts from the Masters of French Literature, New York 2001.