Lily of the Valley by Honoré de Balzac, Lucienne Hill

By Honoré de Balzac, Lucienne Hill

The writer of ''Human Comedy'' brings his ins ight to a portrait of a girl and a love affair set within the Lo ire Valley. The Lily of the Valley is one in all Balzac''s individual al favourites amoungst his innumerable novels '

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I will admit that I am rather surprised myself,” I said, conscious of a certain bitterness underlying my companion’s speech. Though I was too inexpert in social matters to understand its cause, I was much struck by the feeling Monsieur de Chessel betrayed. His real name was Durand, but he had had the weakness to discard the name of a worthy father, a merchant who had made a large fortune under the Revolution. , belonging to the middle classes, as did most of the Parisian magistrates. Ambitious of higher flights Monsieur de Chessel endeavored to smother the original Durand.

I can give you my life, but not my convictions; I can pay no heed to what he says, but can I hinder him from saying it? No, in my opinion Monsieur de Mortsauf is—” “I understand you,” she said, hastily interrupting me; “you are right. The count is as nervous as a fashionable woman,” she added, as if to conceal the idea of madness by softening the word.

But having breathed the jasmine perfume of her skin and drunk the milk of that cup of love, my soul had acquired the knowledge and the hope of human joys; I would live and await the coming of happiness as the savage awaits his hour of vengeance; I longed to climb those trees, to creep among the vines, to float in the river; I wanted the companionship of night and its silence, I needed lassitude of body, I craved the heat of the sun to make the eating of the delicious apple into which I had bitten perfect.

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