There is irony in Daudet's handling of these humbler figures, but it is compassionate and almost affectionate.
And Daudet was honest; perhaps because he knew no better—but he was very honest.
Zola is objective, Daudet with equal scope and fearlessness shows more personal feeling and hence more delicacy.
For incident as well as for character Daudet goes to real life.
Daudet's talents were then at their best and united in happy combination for that splendid effort which was not to be renewed.
They form the quadrilateral wherein Daudet's fame is secure.
This trait in the man of the Midi is one that Daudet has brought out humorously in the Tartarin books.
You are all content with what Daudet called your abominable cuisine.
Her very adjectives were Mistral's, her very exaggerations Daudet's.
The words will apply with equal felicity to Daudet's success.