La Comedie Humaine Volume 25

La Comedie Humaine Volume 25

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...them to be dressed like dandies and to perform those conventional evolutions callec "duty to society." _ They want an African lion combed and curled like the poodle of a countess. Such artists, having few peers among their fellows, and meeting them seldom, fall into the exclusiveness of solitude; they become inexplicable for the majority, --composed, as we know, of fools and of ignorant, envious, and superficial people. We can imagine the part a woman has to play beside these lofty exceptions. She must be, on the one hand, all that Lisbeth had been to Wenceslas for five years, and give him love besides, --humble, discreet, eversmiling, ever-present love. Hortense, warned by the trials of her mother and harassed by terrible necessities, saw too late the fault her excessive love had led her involuntarily to commit; but, worthy daughter of a noble mother, her heart refused to admit the idea of wounding Wenceslas. She loved her poet too deeply to be his executioner, and she awaited the coming moment when poverty would be upon them all, --her husband, her son, and herself. " Come, come, dear child," said Bette, seeing the tears in her cousin's eyes; " you must not despair. A eupful of tears could n't buy a plateful of soup. How much do you want?" " Five or six thousand francs." " I have only three thousand at the most," said 'Lisbeth. " What is Weneeslas doing?" "They have asked him to design a dinner-service for the Due d'Herouville for six thousand francs; Stidmann is to do it with him, and Chanor promises to pay the four thousand francs Weneeslas owes to Leon de Lora and Bridau, --a debt of honor." '" What! did...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743970
  • 9781236743978