Bring Rimbaud, a refractory, to the Panthéon? Why not. And Verlaine, another refractory? Why not. But the two, together, on the grounds that they were having a homosexual affair? That they were homosexuals? Big deal ! Neither Verlaine, nor even less Rimbaud are reducible to their sexuality – moreover, no one is. Were they a couple? But no, that’s absurd. Do we want to rewrite their history? Obviously. Rimbaud was 17 when he slept with Verlaine for the first time.