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Pierrette - Preface Post by :duttondl Category :Long Stories Author :Honore De Balzac Date :May 2012 Read :715

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Pierrette - Preface


Translated by
Katharine Prescott Wormeley



To Mademoiselle Anna Hanska:

Dear Child,--You, the joy of the household, you, whose pink or white pelerine flutters in summer among the groves of Wierzschovnia like a will-o'-the-wisp, followed by the tender eyes of your father and your mother,--how can I dedicate to _you a story full of melancholy? And yet, ought not sorrows to be spoken of to a young girl idolized as you are, since the day may come when your sweet hands will be called to minister to them? It is so difficult, Anna, to find in the history of our manners and morals a subject that is worthy of your eyes, that no choice has been left me; but perhaps you will be made to feel how fortunate your fate is when you read the story sent to you by

Your old friend,
De Balzac.

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