Honore de Balzac in Twenty-Five Volumes; The First Complete Translation Into English Volume 5

Honore de Balzac in Twenty-Five Volumes; The First Complete Translation Into English Volume 5

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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: ...get him to Paris. At Paris we will give you a fine house; you will shine and play a part in society; for with seventy-two thotisand francs a year and the salary of a good appointment, you and Desire will be in the highest circles. Consult your friends; you will see what they say." "I need only consult my heart, Madame." "Pooh, pooh! Now you will be talking of that little ladykiller Savinien? Hang it all! you will pay very dear for his name, his little mustache twirled into two curly spikes, and his black hair. A pretty boy he is! A nice business you will make of housekeeping on seven thousand francs a year, and a husband who ran into debt for a hundred thousand in two years in Paris. You don't know it yet, my child, but all men are alike; and though I say it that shouldn't, my Desire is every bit as good as a king's son." "You are forgetting, Madame, the danger that your son is in at this moment, which can only be averted by Monsieur de Portenduere's wish to oblige me..The danger would be quite inevitable if he should learn that you are making such a dishonoring proposal. I may assure you, Madame, that I shall be happier with the small income to which you allude than with the wealth you describe to dazzle me. For reasons unknown as yet--for everything will be known, Madame--Monsieur Minoret, by his odious persecution, has brought to light the affection which binds me to Monsieur de Portenduere, and which I may openly avow since his mother will give us her blessing; I may tell you that this affection, now sanctioned and legitimate, is all I live for. No lot, however splendid, however elevated, would induce me to change. I love beyond all possibility of repentance or change. Hence it would be a crime, undoubtedly punished, if I were to marry a man...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677838
  • 9781236677839