- I find Weldon's coverage of her Girls' High School days rather sad, pathetic and tinged with a sort of private mal du siècle.
- Zeno is a hypochondriacal, neurotic, delightful, solipsistic, self-examining and self-serving bourgeois, a true blossom of the mal du siècle.
- For the Romantics, mal du siècle was the equivalent of ‘The Elizabethan Malady.’
French, literally 'sickness of the century'.
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