Impossible to come, lie follows

From Proust’s Le Temps Retrouve (pg.281 of v.4 of the Pleiade):

…sans que Gilberte sut si son mari arriverait vraiment ou s’il n’enverrait pas une de ces depeches dont M. de Guermantes avait spirituellement fixe le modele: IMPOSSIBLE VENIRE, MENSONGE SUIT

…without Gilberte knowing whether her husband would arrive or would send one of those telegrams, the model of which M. De Guermantes had wittily set in place: Impossible to come, lie follows

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