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Of hope and other bubbles
There is a book from the year 1940 which is about hope. In "The Tartar Desert" the Italian Dino Buzzati describes the life of the young officer Giovanni Drogo, who soon wants to prove his courage and fighting spirit. The story tells of empty hope, of chimera and of wasting time. The soldier is commanded to a remote fortress in the desert. Waiting for great battles he takes up service. It is said that the Tatars are preparing an attack on the base.
Over time, the command order in the fortress proves to be a pointless exercise. Weeks, months and years go by. Sometimes it seems as if the most eagerly-awaited moment of heroism in battle is coming. But all in vain - the enemy does not storm and there is no preservation.
With haunting pathos, Buzatti tells of an existence that is lost in the course of time. After 30 years, alone and old, Drogo leaves his fortress. When he dies alone in an inn, he cannot witness the feverish preparations for war. At the post where Drogo once spent his life, the Tartars have started an offensive.
This Montblanc variant also plays with hope. The smooth flacon with the filigree snap cap is almost a work of art. Thanks to grapefruit, the opulent opening looks quite genuinely smart, but then quickly turns into a sweet and soft drydown. The appealing prelude with a freshness kick is unfortunately soon hopelessly over. Unnoticed you remain alone with the quietly pleasing base.
And as with Drogo, with Legend Spirit, desire is the definition of fragrance. Not reality.