The Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau; The Secrets of a Princess; The Middle Classes (Classic Reprint)

The Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau; The Secrets of a Princess; The Middle Classes (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau; The Secrets of a Princess; The Middle Classes The action and characters also are interesting, if not, on the whole, quite artistically probable. It will be observed that the hero does a little underlie the constant objection of the Devil's Advocate to Balzac, that almost every one of his good characters is more or less of a fool. Even a keen man of business may, of course, be easily outwitted in a game of pure speculation - a proposition which we need not go to France, or examine the long list of crashes from the ficti tious terrains de la Madeleine to the real Panama, in order to establish. And a very keen man of business may be im prudently expensive in a combined fit of personal vanity and afiection for his family, But it is a little of a stretch on the credulity of the reader to represent a plodding tradesmen like Birotteau, who, as we are expressly told, had an old fashioned horror of paper, as not merely incurring large speculative obligations, but as stripping himself of every rap of ready money while exposing himself to an unusual demand for it. The picture of his going a-borrowing and a-sorrowing is drawn with great power and with much vivacity; but here, too, his simplicity is a thought exaggerated. And Con stance' s afiection for, and fidelity to, an unattractive man, whom she saw to be little better than a fool, may be thought improbable in an ideal beauty with a clear head, while some may even say that ideal beauties are almost always extremely stupid. Yet, again, in Cesarine, Momus may point to that superficiality and vagueness which usually, if not always, mar Balzac's treatment of an honest girl. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 806 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 41mm | 1,057g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 23 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243241127
  • 9780243241125