An insight into Eugene’s wry sense of humor:
My dear Courtès. just a brief word, through the courtesy of Father Pons. I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from your usual fever. These annoying guests set themselves up as masters in our poor bodies. If we cannot get rid of them, let us at least try to teach them some manners to make them liveable with.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 17 July 1834, EO VIII n 482