3 "The bees plunder the flowers here and there, and afterward they make of them honey, which is all theirs; it is no longer thyme, or marjoram. Even so with the pieces borrowed from others; he will transform and blend them to make a work that is all his own, to wit, his judgment" (1.26.111; VS 152). Parenthetical citations refer to book, chapter, and page as found in The Complete Essays of Michel de Montaigne, trans. Donald Frame (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1943), followed by the page number of Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais, Édition Vittey-Saulnier (hereafter, VS) (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2004). On connections among the three final chapters of the Essais, see Marianne Meyer, "Guesswork or Facts: Connections between Montaigne's Last Three Chapters (111:11,12, and 13)," in Montaigne: Essays in Reading, Yale French Studies, no. 64 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1983), 167-79.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Essays of Michel de Montaigne. Born near Bordeaux in 1533, Montaigne retired from a life of public service aged 38 and began to write. He called these short works
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