Selected Short Stories by Honoré de Balzac
By Honoré de Balzac
One of many maximum French novelists, Balzac was once additionally an complete author of shorter fiction. This quantity comprises twelve of his best brief tales - a lot of which characteristic characters from his epic sequence of novels the Comédie Humaine. Compelling stories of acute social and mental perception, they totally reveal the mastery of suspense and revelation that have been the hallmarks of Balzac's genius. within the Atheist's Mass, we study the genuine reason behind a individual atheist surgeon's attendance at spiritual prone; los angeles Grande Breteche describes the bad fact at the back of the locked doorways of a decaying nation mansion, whereas The crimson hotel relates a brutal story of homicide and betrayal. a desirable counterpoint to the well known novels, the entire tales amassed the following stand by means of themselves as spell binding works through one of many best writers of nineteenth-century France.
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N; sorrlething incredibly ancient yet young as the speeding moment, something of a world before and beyond man. McKay listened, McKay watched, lost in wonder; his own world more than half forgotten; his mind meshed in web of Sreensorcery. The woman besidehim touched his arm. Shepointed to the girl. "Yet she withers," she said. ,, He looked; he saw that the red was draining slowly from the girl's lips, the luminous life tides waning; the eyes that had been so bright were misting and growing dull once more, suddenly a great pity and a great rage shook him.
I do not like people too close to me. " asked Polleau. It is happy there, and this side is not happy, M'sieu. " "That little wood yonder," answeredMcKay, and pointed to the coppice. "Ah! He looked at McKay, sombrely. "That wood is not for sale,M'sieu," he said at last. A. Mennrrr 59 "I can afford to pay well for what I want," said McKay. " "Oh, come," laughed McKay, although his heart sank at the finality in that answer. I can afford to gratify my fancies. " "You have asked what that place that you so desire is, and you have answered that it is but a few trees," said Polleau, slowly, and the tall son behind him laughed, abruptly, maliciously.
Now it had been the wont of these six warriors of old, as each receivedhis last wound and knew it to be mortal, to ride away to a certain deep ravine and cast his body in, as somewhere I have read great elephantsdo, hiding their bones^way from lesserbeasts. It was a ravine steepand narrow even at the ends,a great cleft into which no man could come by any path. There rode Welleran alone, panting hard; and there later rode Soorenardand Mommolek, Mommolek with a mortal wound upon him not to return/ but Soorenardwas unwounded and rode back alone from leaving his dear friend resting among the mighty bones of Welleran.