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A Daughter of Eve

Honoré de Balzac

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .it can be written in two lines, and has in it nothing for literature. So, as happiness is only explicable to and by itself, these four years furnish nothing to relate which was not as tender as the soft outlines of eternal cherubs, as insipid, alas! as manna, and about as amusing as the tale of "Astrea."

In 1833, this edifice of happiness, so carefully erected by Felix de Vandenesse, began to crumble, weakened at its base without his knowledge. The heart of a woman of twenty-five is no longer that of a girl of eighteen, any more than the heart of a woman of forty is that of a woman of thirty. There are four ages in the life of woman; each age creates a new woman. Vandenesse knew, no doubt, the law of these transformations (created by our modern manners and morals), but he forgot them in his own case,—just as the best grammarian will forget a rule of grammar in writing a book, or the greatest general in the field under fire, surprised by some unlooked-for . . . Read More

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A Daughter of Eve is a novel by Honoré de Balzac appeared serialized in December 1838 and January 1839, published in volume at Souverain in August 1839 and then in the edition of Furne in 1842. It takes place in Études de moeurs: Scènes de la vie privée.

It is in this short novel Felix de Vandenesse,

ŞAHANE BİR ESER, bitmesin duygusuyla okudum.

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