Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, Christopher Prendergast, the late Sylvia

By Honoré de Balzac, Christopher Prendergast, the late Sylvia Raphael

'Who goes to marry Eugénie Grandet?' this can be the query that fills the minds of the population of Saumur, the surroundings for Eugénie Grandet (1833), one of many earliest and most renowned novels in Balzac's Comédie humaine. The Grandet loved ones, oppressed through the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of regimen by way of the surprising arrival of Eugénie's cousin Charles, lately orphaned and penniless. Eugénie's emotional awakening, prompted through her love for her cousin, brings her into direct clash along with her father, whose crafty and fiscal good fortune are matched opposed to her choice to insurgent. Eugénie's relocating tale is decided opposed to the backdrop of provincial oppression, the vicissitudes of the wine alternate, and the workings of the economic system within the aftermath of the French Revolution. it truly is either a poignant portrayal of non-public lifestyles and a lively fictional record of its age.

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The men rose to answer by a courteous inclination, and the women made a ceremonious bow. " said the old wine-grower, looking up from a letter he was reading. " "But, father, perhaps monsieur would like to take something," said Eugenie. "He has got a tongue," said the old man sternly. The stranger was the only person surprised by this scene; all the others were well-used to the despotic ways of the master. However, after the two questions and the two replies had been exchanged, the newcomer rose, turned his back towards the fire, lifted one foot so as to warm the sole of its boot, and said to Eugenie,— "Thank you, my cousin, but I dined at Tours.

I shall soon have the marriage-contract to draw up, hey! " "You g-g-got up very early to t-t-tell me that," said Grandet, accompanying the remark with a motion of his wen. "Well, old c-ccomrade, I'll be frank, and t-t-tell you what you want t-t-to know. I would rather, do you see, f-f-fling my daughter into the Loire than gg-give her to her c-c-cousin. " This answer dazzled and blinded the young girl with sudden light. The distant hopes upspringing in her heart bloomed suddenly, became real, tangible, like a cluster of flowers, and she saw them cut down and wilting on the earth.

Gentlemen, I trust that you will all do us the honor to come," she added, stopping the procession to address the two Cruchots. "Here you are at home, madame," said the notary. After bowing to the three des Grassins, the three Cruchots returned home, applying their provincial genius for analysis to studying, under all its aspects, the great event of the evening, which undoubtedly changed the respective positions of Grassinists and Cruchotines. The admirable common-sense which guided all the actions of these great machinators made each side feel the necessity of a momentary alliance against a common enemy.

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