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Honore De Balzac, Vol. 4 of 25

Honore De Balzac, Vol. 4 of 25

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Excerpt from Honore De Balzac, Vol. 4 of 25: The First Complete Translation Into English; Beatrix; The Atheist's Mass; Honorine; Colonel Chabert; The Commission in Lunacy; Pierre Grassou

The key-interest of books, however, is always a minor, and sometimes a purely illegitimate one. It ought to be sufficient for us that the interest of the quartet, even if there had been no such persons as George Sand, Daniel Stern, Planche, and Liszt in the world, would be very great, and that it is well composed with and maintained by the accessory and auxiliary facts and characters. The picture of the Guenie household (which, after Balzac's usual fash ion, throws us back to Lee Chouans, while Beatrix as a Casteran, and thus a connection of the luckless Mlle. De Ver neuil, is also connected with that book) may seem to some to be a little too fully painted; it does not seem so to me. Whether, as hinted above, the character of Calyste has its childishness exaggerated or not, I must leave to readers to decide for themselves. His casting of Beatrix into the sea, besides being illegal, may seem to some extravagant; but it must be remembered that Balzac was originally writing when the heyday of the Romantic movement was by no means over, and when Melodrama was still pretty fully in fashion. It is difficult, too, to see what better contrast and uniting scheme for the contrasted worldlinesses of the four chief characters could have been devised; while the childishness itself is not inconceivable or unnatural in a boy brought up in a sort of household of romance by a heroic father and a doting mother, both utterly unworldly, his head being further fired by par~ ticipation in actual civil war on behalf of an injured princess, and his heart exposed without preparation to such dlf'ferent in?uences as those of Mlle. Des Touches and of Beatrix.

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