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Gobseck

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Part of the La Comedie Humane and something of a sequence to Balzac's Father Goriot, the short book's title is the name of the pawn broker/money lender the father Goriot utilized to maintain his spoiled daughters in the luxury he had accustomed them to. This is a continuation of the tale of one of those daughters, Mme Restaud.

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GOBSECK

By Honore De Balzac

Translated By Ellen Marriage

DEDICATION

To M. le Baron Barchou de Penhoen.

Among all the pupils of the Oratorian school at Vendome, we are, I think, the only two who have afterwards met in mid career of a life of letters we who once were cultivating Philosophy when by rights we should have been minding our De viris. When we met, you were engaged upon your noble works on German philosophy, and I upon this study. So neither of us has missed his vocation; and you, when you see your name here, will feel, no doubt, as much pleasure as he who inscribes his work to you. Your old schoolfellow,

1840 De Balzac.

GOBSECK

It was one o'clock in the morning, during the winter of 1829 30, but in the Vicomtesse de Grandlieu's salon two persons stayed on who did not belong to her family circle. A young and good looking man heard the clock strike, and took his leave. When the courtyard echoed with the sound of a departing carriage, the Vicomtesse looked up, saw that no one was present save her brother and a friend of the family finishing their game of piquet, and went across to her daughter... Continue reading book >>


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