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Leautaud knew that the poetry he had written was worthless and that his mannered little cprose poems’ were without value. Perhaps believing that the daily life around him would be a source o f inspiration, he had begun to keep a diary. This dated back some years. The first entry was made on 3 November 1893 and recorded a dream he had about the man who eventually married Jeanne Marie, his first mistress. As yet, though, the diary was a haphazard affair with long gaps between entries.