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The last three �·cars of adolescence in his native town w ere in any case a time of prog ressive liberation, and there is no doubt that his enrollment in the Ecole Centrale provided the single most important avenue of libera tion. Here aga i n, the chronolog�· of Beyle's life coincided with a fortui tous moment of histor�· to the benefit of his eventual growth as a writer. :cade later, would become a sacred text for Henri Beyle. The curricular innovation of the Ecoles Centrales was in their giving a place of honor to science and mathematics as well as to classical literature; in their ' , · " [ 30 · ] GRENOBLE inclusion of subjects like drawing, history, and modern languages and lit eratures; and in their attempt to instruct senior students in "general gram mar," a subject that Destutt de Tracy hoped would provide the key to clear definitions and logical thought.
2 On both occasions, he was declared a wretch who gave evidence of having the most monstrous character, the detested Seraphie of course leading the chorus of denuncia tion. Most of the subsequent incidents reported in Henry Brulard follow this same pattern, though, as we shall see, the insistent presence of revolu tionary political activity in Grenoble after 1 7 8 9 provided a special channel for the child's impulse to put himself in opposition to his family. The ogrefied version of Cherubin Beyle was important to his son in another way, for it helped him define another axis of his private mytholo gy-the division by temperament, character-type, cultural mood, ethos, and climate between north and south, France and Italy or Spain.
During the months to come, Henri \\'ould attempt o n at least three sepa rate occasions to raise the revolutionary tricolor at home in defiance of what he conceived as familial :111d particularly paternal t�·ranny. \ Vhcn the list of notoriously suspect figures was promulgated, Chcrubin Be�·Ic suggested to his famil�· that his name had been included by Andre Amar only because Amar, who also practiced law in Grenoble, wanted to eliminate a professional rival. Henri responded to his father with scathing directness: "Amar put you on his list as notoriously suspect of not loving the Republ ic, but it seems to me certain that you do not love it" (Hrulard, chap.
A Lion for Love: A Critical Biography of Stendhal by Robert Alter