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The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 6. A Keynote The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 6. A Keynote

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 6. A Keynote
PART I. THE LESSER BOURGEOIS OF PARIS CHAPTER VI. A KEYNOTEWhen Theodose reached home he found, waiting for him on the landing, a personage who is, as it were, the submarine current of this history; he will be found within it like some buried church on which has risen the facade of a palace. The sight of this man, who, after vainly ringing at la Peyrade's door, was now trying that of Dutocq, made the Provencal barrister tremble--but secretly, within himself, not betraying externally his inward emotion. This man was Cerizet, whom Dutocq had mentioned to Thuillier as his copying-clerk. Cerizet... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1342

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 2. The History Of A Tyranny The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 2. The History Of A Tyranny

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 2. The History Of A Tyranny
PART I. THE LESSER BOURGEOIS OF PARIS CHAPTER II. THE HISTORY OF A TYRANNYAt the fall of the Villele ministry, Monsieur Louis-Jerome Thuillier, who had then seen twenty-six years' service as a clerk in the ministry of finance, became sub-director of a department thereof; but scarcely had he enjoyed the subaltern authority of a position formerly his lowest hope, when the events of July, 1830, forced him to resign it. He calculated, shrewdly enough, that his pension would be honorably and readily given by the new-comers, glad to have another office at their disposal. He was right; for a pension of... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1346

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 1. Departing Paris The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 1. Departing Paris

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Part 1. The Lesser Bourgeois Of Paris - Chapter 1. Departing Paris
PART I. THE LESSER BOURGEOIS OF PARIS CHAPTER I. DEPARTING PARISThe tourniquet Saint-Jean, the narrow passage entered through a turnstile, a description of which was said to be so wearisome in the study entitled "A Double Life" (Scenes from Private Life), that naive relic of old Paris, has at the present moment no existence except in our said typography. The building of the Hotel-de-Ville, such as we now see it, swept away a whole section of the city. In 1830, passers along the street could still see the turnstile painted on the sign of a wine-merchant, but even that house, its... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2327

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Preface The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Preface

The Lesser Bourgeoisie - Preface
Title: The Lesser BourgeoisieAuthor: Honore de Balzac Translated By: Katharine Prescott Wormeley DEDICATION To Constance-Victoire. Here, madame, is one of those books which come into the mind, whence no one knows, giving pleasure to the author before he can foresee what reception the public, our great present judge, will accord to it. Feeling almost certain of your sympathy in my pleasure, I dedicate the book to you. Ought it not to belong to you as the tithe formerly belonged to the Church in memory of God, who makes all things bud and fruit in the fields and in the intellect? A... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3278

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 15 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 15

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 15
As the procession left the road to the mills I heard a simultaneous moan and a sound of weeping as though the valley were lamenting for its soul. The church was filled with people. After the service was over we went to the graveyard where she wished to be buried near the cross. When I heard the pebbles and the gravel falling upon the coffin my courage gave way; I staggered and asked the two Martineaus to steady me. They took me, half-dead, to the chateau of Sache the owners very kindly invited me to stay, and I accepted. I... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1052

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 14 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 14

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 14
My hurried journey was like a dream,--the dream of a ruined gambler; I was in despair at having received no news. Had the confessor pushed austerity so far as to exclude me from Clochegourde? I accused Madeleine, Jacques, the Abbe Dominis, all, even Monsieur de Mortsauf. Beyond Tours, as I came down the road bordered with poplars which leads to Poncher, which I so much admired that first day of my search for mine Unknown, I met Monsieur Origet. He guessed that I was going to Clochegourde; I guessed that he was returning. We stopped our carriages and got out, I... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2313

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 13 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 13

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 13
Just as we were entering the avenue of Clochegourde Arabella's dog barked joyfully and bounded up to the carriage. "She is here before us!" cried the countess; then after a pause she added, "I have never seen a more beautiful woman. What a hand and what a figure! Her complexion outdoes the lily, her eyes are literally bright as diamonds. But she rides too well; she loves to display her strength; I think her violent and too active,--also too bold for our conventions. The woman who recognizes no law is apt to listen only to her caprices. Those who seek to... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3550

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 12 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 12

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 3. The Two Women - Page 12
When we left the table I followed the countess to the terrace. When we were alone she exclaimed, "How is it possible that some women can sacrifice their children to a man? Wealth, position, the world, I can conceive of; eternity? yes, possibly; but children! deprive one's self of one's children!" "Yes, and such women would give even more if they had it; they sacrifice everything." The world was suddenly reversed before her, her ideas became confused. The grandeur of that thought struck her; a suspicion entered her mind that sacrifice, immolation justified happiness; the echo of her own inward cry... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1157

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 8 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 8

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 8
The next day when I entered the salon she was there alone. She looked at me for a moment, held out her hand, and said, "My friend is always too tender." Her eyes grew moist; she rose, and then she added, in a tone of desperate entreaty, "Never write thus to me again." Monsieur de Mortsauf was very kind. The countess had recovered her courage and serenity; but her pallor betrayed the sufferings of the previous night, which were calmed, but not extinguished. That evening she said to me, as she paced among the autumn leaves which rustled beneath our footsteps,... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3087

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 7 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 7

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 7
During the rest of this month as I came from the meadows through the gardens I often saw her face at the window, and when I reached the salon she was ready at her embroidery frame. If I did not arrive at the hour expected (though never appointed), I saw a white form wandering on the terrace, and when I joined her she would say, "I came to meet you; I must show a few attentions to my youngest child." The miserable games of backgammon had come to end. The count's late purchases took all his time in going hither and... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3466

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 6 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 6

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 2. First Love - Page 6
This scene took place on a Tuesday. I waited until Sunday and did not cross the river. During those five days great events were happening at Clochegourde. The count received his brevet as general of brigade, the cross of Saint Louis, and a pension of four thousand francs. The Duc de Lenoncourt-Givry, made peer of France, recovered possession of two forests, resumed his place at court, and his wife regained all her unsold property, which had been made part of the imperial crown lands. The Comtesse de Mortsauf thus became an heiress. Her mother had arrived at Clochegourde, bringing her a... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1898

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 5 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 5

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 5
The countess, who knew backgammon, understood my manoeuvres from the first, and gave me those mute thanks which swell the heart of a young man; she granted me the same look she gave to her children. From that ever-blessed evening she always looked at me when she spoke. I cannot explain to you the condition I was in when I left her. My soul had annihilated my body; it weighed nothing; I did not walk, I flew. That look I carried within me; it bathed me with light just as her last words, "Adieu, monsieur," still sounded in my soul with... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 692

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 4 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 4

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 4
After the many trials of his exile, Monsieur de Mortsauf, taking comfort in the thought of a secure future, had a certain recovery of mind; he breathed anew in this sweet valley the intoxicating essence of revived hope. Compelled to husband his means, he threw himself into agricultural pursuits and began to find some happiness in life. But the birth of his first child, Jacques, was a thunderbolt which ruined both the past and the future. The doctor declared the child had not vitality enough to live. The count concealed this sentence from the mother; but he sought other advice, and... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1203

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 3 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 3

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 3
The next question of Monsieur de Chessel let me know that Madeleine was nine years old; I showed great surprise, and immediately the clouds gathered on the mother's brow. My companion threw me a significant look,--one of those which form the education of men of the world. I had stumbled no doubt upon some maternal wound the covering of which should have been respected. The sickly child, whose eyes were pallid and whose skin was white as a porcelain vase with a light within it, would probably not have lived in the atmosphere of a city. Country air and her mother's... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1165

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 2 Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 2

Lily Of The Valley - Chapter 1. Two childhoods - Page 2
The thought that my Elect lived in Touraine made the air I breathed delicious; the blue of the sky seemed bluer than I had ever yet seen it. I raved internally, but externally I was seriously ill, and my mother had fears, not unmingled with remorse. Like animals who know when danger is near, I hid myself away in the garden to think of the kiss that I had stolen. A few days after this memorable ball my mother attributed my neglect of study, my indifference to her tyrannical looks and sarcasms, and my gloomy behavior to the condition of my... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3085

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 6 The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 6

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 6
Under the cloudless sky, in your boat in the midst of the great expanse of water, with only the sound of the oars in your ears, only the vague outline of the hills on the horizon before you; you admire the glittering snows of the French Maurienne; you pass, now by masses of granite clad in the velvet of green turf or in low-growing shrubs, now by pleasant sloping meadows; there is always a wilderness on the one hand and fertile lands on the other, and both harmonies and dissonances compose a scene for you where everything is at once small... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2127

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 5 The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 5

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 5
After spending about half an hour over taking in some sort the measure of the patient and the complaint, much as a tailor measures a young man for a coat when he orders his wedding outfit, the authorities uttered several commonplaces, and even talked of politics. Then they decided to go into Raphael's study to exchange their ideas and frame their verdict. "May I not be present during the discussion, gentlemen?" Valentin had asked them, but Brisset and Maugredie protested against this, and, in spite of their patient's entreaties, declined altogether to deliberate in his presence. Raphael gave way before their... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2710

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 4 The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 4

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 4
The next morning Raphael went off in great spirits to find Planchette, and together they set out for the Rue de la Sante--auspicious appellation! Arrived at Spieghalter's, the young man found himself in a vast foundry; his eyes lighted upon a multitude of glowing and roaring furnaces. There was a storm of sparks, a deluge of nails, an ocean of pistons, vices, levers, valves, girders, files, and nuts; a sea of melted metal, baulks of timber and bar-steel. Iron filings filled your throat. There was iron in the atmosphere; the men were covered with it; everything reeked of iron. The iron... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1092

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 3 The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 3

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 3
One morning towards the end of February, at the time when the brightening days bring a belief in the nearness of the joys of spring, Pauline and Raphael were breakfasting together in a small conservatory, a kind of drawing-room filled with flowers, on a level with the garden. The mild rays of the pale winter sunlight, breaking through the thicket of exotic plants, warmed the air somewhat. The vivid contrast made by the varieties of foliage, the colors of the masses of flowering shrubs, the freaks of light and shadow, gladdened the eyes. While all the rest of Paris still sought... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 918

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 2 The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 2

The Magic Skin - 3. The Agony - Part 2
The playgoers heard the bell ring, and left the greenroom to take their places again. Raphael and the old merchant separated. As he entered his box, the Marquis saw Foedora sitting exactly opposite to him on the other side of the theatre. The Countess had probably only just come, for she was just flinging off her scarf to leave her throat uncovered, and was occupied with going through all the indescribable manoeuvres of a coquette arranging herself. All eyes were turned upon her. A young peer of France had come with her; she asked him for the lorgnette she had given... Long Stories - Post by : dasmithj007 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1317