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The incident recorded in this sketch took place towards the end of the month of November, 1809, the moment when Napoleon's fugitive empire attained the apogee of its splendor. The trumpet−blasts of Wagram were still sounding an echo in the heart of the Austrian monarchy. Peace was being signed between France and the Coalition. Kings and princes came to perform their orbits, like stars, round Napoleon, who gave himself the pleasure of dragging all Europe in his train−−a magnificent experiment in the power he afterwards displayed at Dresden. Never, as contemporaries tell us, did Paris see entertainments more superb than those which preceded and followed the sovereign's marriage with an Austrian archduchess. Never, in the most splendid days of the Monarchy, had so many crowned heads thronged the shores of the Seine, never had the French aristocracy been so rich or so splendid. The diamonds lavishly scattered over the women's dresses, and the gold and silver embroidery on the . . .

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Classic novel. According to Wikipedia: "Honore de Balzac (May 20, 1799 - August 18, 1850) was a nineteenth-­century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comedie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-­faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities.­"

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Оноре де Бальзак всемирно известный французский писатель романист. "Отец Горио" (1834) – первый роман серии "Человеческая комедия". Главный герой Бальзака – некогда преуспевающий торговец хлебом, а ныне живущий на чердаке одного из пансионов Парижа – старик Горио. Весь мир как бы перестал для него существовать, ведь он потерял все, что любил… В книге представлен неадаптированный текст на языке оригинала.

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Honora de Balzac is considered the founder of social realism. Balzac was the first writer to write about the all social levels of the social scene in France. His vast collection of works encompasses the Restoration period and the July Monarchy. La Comedie Humaine was written between 1799 and 1850. This collection contains 95 novels, stories, and essays. Ferragus is the fist work in The Thirteen (Histoire des Treize) section of La Comedie Humaine.

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Poor, plain spinster Bette is compelled to survive on the condescending patronage of her socially superior relatives in Paris: her beautiful, saintly cousin Adeline, the philandering Baron Hulot and their daughter Hortense. Already deeply resentful of their wealth, when Bette learns that the man she is in love with plans to marry Hortense, she becomes consumed by the desire to exact her revenge and dedicates herself to the destruction of the Hulot family, plotting their ruin with patient, silent malice. Cousin Bette is a gripping tale of violent jealousy, sexual passion and treachery, and a brilliant portrayal of the grasping, bourgeois society of 1840s Paris. The culmination of the Comédie humaine, Balzac's epic chronicle of his times, it is one of his greatest triumphs as a novelist.

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Step back in history through the eyes of one of the masters of European realism. This keenly observed and utterly absorbing account of the period after Napoleon Bonaparte fell from power in nineteenth-­century France is both an interesting historical document and an engrossing mystery.

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Au commencement de l’automne de l’année 1826, l’abbé Birotteau, principal personnage de cette histoire, fut surpris par une averse en revenant de la maison où il était allé passer la soirée. Il traversait donc aussi promptement que son embonpoint pouvait le lui permettre, la petite place déserte nommée le Cloître, qui se trouve derrière le chevet de Saint-­Gatien, à Tours.
L’abbé Birotteau, petit homme court, de constitution apoplectique, âgé d’environ soixante ans, avait déjà subi plusieurs attaques de goutte. Or, entre toutes les petites misères de la vie humaine, celle pour laquelle le bon prêtre éprouvait le plus d’aversion, était le subit arrosement de ses souliers à larges agrafes d’argent et l’immersion de leurs semelles. En effet, malgré les chaussons de flanelle dans lesquels il s’empaquetait en tout temps les pieds avec le soin que les ecclésiastiques prennent d’eux-­mêmes, il y gagnait toujours un peu d’humidité ; puis, le lendemain, la goutte lui donnait . . .

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There is a house at Douai in the rue de Paris, whose aspect, interior arrangements, and details have preserved, to a greater degree than those of other domiciles, the characteristics of the old Flemish buildings, so naively adapted to the patriarc...

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