Excerpt from The Works of Honoré De Balzac, Vol. 13: The Country Doctor; The Lesser Bourgeoisie
ON a lovely spring morning, in 1829, a man about fifty years of age was riding along a mountainous road which leads to a large village in the neighborhood of La Grande Chartreuse. This village is the market-town of a populous district enclosed within the circumference of a long valley. A torrent, with a rocky bed often dry, but filled at that season by the melted snows, Waters this valley, whose heights command on either Side the peaks of Dauphine and the Savoie.
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