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Gobseck, by Honoré de Balzac

His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. You are hurried on by the presumptuous voice of vanity and pride, on the faith of a smile, or through giddiness and folly! 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.

The main interest for me in this story was Gobseck’s potential heiress, “La Torpille” who shows up in Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life.

Just one old general servant. The story begins as a flashback, in which the family lawyer Derville explains to the daughter of the Vicomtesse de Grandlieu why she should not disdain the advances of the young Comte de Restaud.

Mortal disease was slowly sapping the strength of mind and body. He wanted to be alone in the house, and had taken the rooms one by one as they fell vacant. I shrank, shuddering, from life and my kind. He became rich and a miser. Most importantly, he has reduced his personal morality to two principles — the relentless pursuit of self-interest, and the worship of gold. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Anything more in the way of precept is false. My head was fairly clear, I was upon my guard. Feeling the gravity of the affair, I suddenly put in between the two belligerents. So dare I beg of you to keep it for me? It is true that he always found that it turned out very well. Life is here in full bloom; the young fellows are graceful to behold; they smile and talk in low, demure voices like so many brides; everything about them looks girlish.


The set would have fetched three hundred thousand francs before the Revolution. These comparatively recent presents were put down, pell-mell, among chests of tea, bags of coffee, and packing-cases of every shape.

The whole story is a flashback in which Derville explains to his friend the Vicomtesse de Grandlieu that Ernest, the young heir of the Restaud family, would be a valuable suitor for the Vicomtesse’s daughter Camille.

Indeed, even in transports gobscek joy, his conversation was confined to monosyllables; he wore the same non-committal countenance. Here, through a mouth of young lawyer we balzzc a story of a greedy loan shark is there any other type of this kind of people?

Wicked people have tried to separate me from your father to satisfy bazac greed. Episodic in nature, the story moves rapidly, touching not only balzaf Gobseck but on other characters of The Human Comedy. A host of objects required in illness — rows of medicine bottles, empty and full, most of them dirty, balzaac linen, and broken plates, littered the writing-table, chairs, and chimney-piece.

The rapacious and eponymous gobseco is the central figure in this novella, but he crops up in a number of the other works as a minor character — in Old GoriotCesar Birotteauand The Unconscious Comedians But, to his chagrin, the principal of his firm enters upon hard times. I can’t wait for the next Saturday and new adventures of Balzac’s heroes or better say antiheroes. I would sooner cut my hand off than flay people.

The one thing that always remains, the one sure instinct that nature has implanted in us, is the instinct of self-interest. A lamp, with a pedestal that had once been green, was burning in the room; but so far from taking color from its smoky light, his face seemed to stand out positively paler against the background.

She had flung an Indian shawl hastily over her bare shoulders, covering herself with it completely, while it revealed the bare outlines of the form beneath.

She worshiped her children. Derville lui apprend qu’elle vient de ruiner l’avenir de ses deux enfants.

My boy is so fond of his mother, that I cannot trust him with it. His hair was iron-gray, sleek, and carefully combed; his features might have been cast in bronze; Talleyrand himself was not more impassive than this money-lender. Ir galiausiai prisiminiau, ogi S. Two hours later you might take the room for a battlefield after the fight. All the windows look on the street; the whole dwelling, in claustral fashion, is divided into rooms or cells of equal size, all opening upon a long corridor dimly lit with borrowed lights.

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Gobseck | work by Balzac |

Now to the facts. Perhaps, too, you would rather save your fortune, and keep it for one or two of your children?

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. If you do not carry out my orders, I shall get up and go myself.

Nothing is refused to the holder of bazlac purse-strings to loose and to bind. The young man had come to be her evil genius. Gobseck is a marvelous sketch of a money-lender and miser in Paris during the early part of the nineteenth century. But the conclusion of the story reveals the ultimate futility of his enterprise. Werbrust and Gigonnet imagined that they were going to play off a trick on me; and now, thanks to you, I shall have a good laugh at their expense to-night.

Thwarted passion and mortified vanity are great babblers. Some time passes, and young Derville graduates from law clerk to being a bbalzac and then an advocate.

Gobseck by Honoré de Balzac

I had given him my promise that I would introduce him the next day to our Papa Gobseck. The sense of coming dissolution pervaded all the details of an unsightly chaos. But if her search had at first proved fruitless, there was that in her excitement and attitude which led me to believe that she had found the mysterious documents at last.