By Honoré de Balzac, Christopher Prendergast, the late Sylvia Raphael
'Who goes to marry Eugénie Grandet?' this is often the query that fills the minds of the population of Saumur, the atmosphere for Eugénie Grandet (1833), one of many earliest and most renowned novels in Balzac's Comédie humaine. The Grandet family, 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, inspired by means of her love for her cousin, brings her into direct clash together with her father, whose crafty and monetary luck 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 exchange, and the workings of the economy within the aftermath of the French Revolution. it's either a poignant portrayal of non-public lifestyles and a energetic fictional rfile of its age.
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Well, then, c-c-calculate that t-twelve thousand francs a year for f-f-forty years with interest c-c-comes to— " "Say sixty thousand francs," said the notary. "I am willing; c-c-comes t-t-to sixty th-th-thousand. Very good," continued Grandet, without stuttering: "two thousand poplars forty years old will only yield me fifty thousand francs. There's a loss. I have found that myself," said Grandet, getting on his high horse. "Jean, fill up all the holes except those at the bank of the river; there you are to plant the poplars I have bought.
Her features, the contour of her head, which no expression of pleasure had ever altered or wearied, were like the lines of the horizon softly traced in the far distance across the tranquil lakes. That calm and rosy countenance, margined with light like a lovely full-blown flower, rested the mind, held the eye, and imparted the charm of the conscience that was there reflected. " Then she opened the door of her chamber which led to the staircase, and stretched out her neck to listen for the household noises.
It seems that I shall have a good deal of success in Saumur," thought Charles as he unbuttoned his great-coat, put a hand into his waistcoat, and cast a glance into the far distance, to imitate the attitude which Chantrey has given to Lord Byron. The inattention of Pere Grandet, or, to speak more truly, the preoccupation of mind into which the reading of the letter had plunged him, did not escape the vigilance of the notary and the president, who tried to guess the contents of the letter by the almost imperceptible motions of the miser's face, which was then under the full light of the candle.