Four years before passing away, Marcel Proust became persuaded by the words of one of his friends. Consequently, he visited the famous clairvoyant Madame de Thèbes who was infamous among society's sophisticated classes. She also used to be a palm reader who served noblemen and countesses, helping them unveil their inevitable fates. The clairvoyant took a quick look at the visitor's face and then refrained from commencing the rituals, asking him: "what do you expect of me, Sir? It is entirely up to you to expose my very self."