Honore de Balzac in Twenty-Five Volumes; The First Complete Translation Into English Volume 4
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...again," she added, "we will all travel, Juste and his wife, Calyste and Sabine, and I. I will leave Clotilde with her father--" "Do not let us shout 'Victory' just yet, Madame," said Maxime. "I foresee immense difficulties; I shall conquer them, no doubt. Your esteem and favor are a prize for which I will plunge through much dirt; but it will be--" "Dirt!" said the Duchess, interrupting the modern condottiere with a face equally expressive of disgust and surprise. "Ay, and you will have to step in it, Madame, since I act for you. Are you really so ignorant of the pitch of blindness to.which Madame de Rochefide has brought your sonin-law? I know it, through Nathan and Canalis, between whom she was hesitating when Calyste threw himself into that lioness's maw. Beatrix has made the noble Breton believe that she never loved any one but him, that she is virtuous, that her attachment to Conti was of the head only, and that her heart and the rest had very little to do with it--a musical passion, in short. As to Rochefide, that was a matter of duty. "So, you understand, she is virginal. And she proves it by forgetting her son; for a year past she has not made the smallest attempt to sec him. The little Count is, in point of fact, nearly twelve years old, and he has found a mother in Madame Schontz; motherhood is the mania, as you know, of women of that stamp. "Du Guenie would be cut in pieces, and let his wife be cut in pieces, for Beatrix. And do you suppose that it is easy to drag a man back from the depths of the abyss of credulity? Why, Madame, Shakespeare's Iago would waste all his handkerchiefs in such a task. It is generally imagined that Othello, his younger brother Orosmane, and SaintPreux, and Rene, and Werther, and other lovers who are famous, ...
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