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- DescriptionExcerpt: ...ill, although she felt inexplicable sentiments towards him in the depths of her heart. She had refused him; yet at times she repented; and a presentiment that she should yet marry him, together with a terror at the idea which prevented her from wishing for the marriage, assailed her. Her mind, stimulated by these feelings, was much occupied by du Bousquier. Without being aware of it, she was influenced by the herculean form of the republican. Madame Granson and the Chevalier de Valois, although they could t explain to themselves Mademoiselle Cormon's inconsistencies, had detected her naive glances in that direction, the meaning of which seemed clear eugh to make them both resolve to ruin the hopes of the already rejected purveyor, -hopes which it was evident he still indulged. Two guests, whose functions excused them, kept the dinner waiting. One was Monsieur du Coudrai, the recorder of mortgages; the other Monsieur Choisnel, former bailiff to the house of Esgrign, and w the tary of the upper aristocracy, by whom he was received with a distinction due to his virtues; he was also a man of considerable wealth. When the two belated guests arrived, Jacquelin said to them as he saw them about to enter the salon: - /They/ are all in the garden. No doubt the assembled stomachs were impatient; for on the appearance of the register of mortgages-who had defect except that of having married for her money an intolerable old woman, and of perpetrating endless puns, at which he was the first to laugh-the gentle murmur by which such late-comers are welcomed arose. While awaiting the official anuncement of dinner, the company were sauntering on the terrace above the river, and gazing at the water-plants, the mosaic of the currents, and the various pretty details of the houses clustering across the river, their old wooden galleries, their mouldering window-frames, their little gardens where clothes were drying, the cabinet-maker's shop, -in...
- Author(s)Honore De Balzac
- Date of Publication26/03/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight181 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Translated byKatharine Prescott Wormeley
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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