UNLIMITED Audiobooks and eBooks

Over 40,000 books & works on all major devices

Get ALL YOU CAN for FREE for 30 days!

An Episode under the Terror

Honoré de Balzac

Book Overview: 

A short story by Honore de Balzac set in January 1793, the day after King Louis XIV was executed by guillotine. It is the first day of France becoming a Republic.

How does All You Can Books work?

All You Can Books gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. You can try the service for FREE for 30 days then it's just $19.99 per month after that. So for the price everyone else charges for just 1 book, we offer you UNLIMITED audio books, e-books and language courses to download and enjoy as you please. No restrictions.

Book Excerpt: 
. . .That is the price agreed upon," she added.

There is a kind of want that is felt instinctively by those who know want. The man and his wife looked at one another, then at the elderly woman before them, and read the same thoughts in each other's eyes. That bit of gold was so plainly the last. Her hands shook a little as she held it out, looking at it sadly but ungrudgingly, as one who knows the full extent of the sacrifice. Hunger and penury had carved lines as easy to read in her face as the traces of asceticism and fear. There were vestiges of bygone splendor in her clothes. She was dressed in threadbare silk, a neat but well-worn mantle, and daintily mended lace,—in the rags of former grandeur, in short. The shopkeeper and his wife, drawn two ways by pity and self-interest, began by lulling their consciences with words.

"You seem very poorly, citoyenne——"

"Perhaps madame might like to take something," the wife broke in. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

On 22 Jan 1793, during the Reign of Terror, an old lady walks down a silent Paris street, and hears footsteps following her. Afraid, she enters a pastry-cook's shop and buys something in a mysterious wrapped box. The pastry-cook and his wife treat her with contempt for her poverty, yet feel pity for

A short story first published anonymously in 1830 and thus among Balzac's earliest works, this was considerably modified in 1845 when it was incorporated in the division Scènes de la vie politique of the Comédie humaine. The description "under the terror" is somewhat premature, as it begins right af

Mmm..... Not my favorite.

One of my favorites in Le Comedie humaine, this short story tells the tale of of hunted priest and nuns during the Reign of Terror in 1794. One cold night, they get a surprising visitor who ask for a surprising favor.

An interesting eighteen page short story involving both sides of the French Revolution. Two nuns and a priest are offered sanctuary and a place to hide by a mysterious stranger during the Reign of Terror under Robespiere which following the execution of Louis XVI. The identity of their benefactor is

Balzac. Always a completely satisfying read. Glad he sat down to write. What a pleasure reading his words.

Balzac begins "Scenes From a Political Life"with "An Episode Under the Terror". This short story tells of the degree of fear for the undesirables, the religious aristocrat.

I did not read this edition but from a Delphi collection of his work, which included the below.

"Un épisode sous la Terreur is a

A short, quick read even for me. The opening scene seems intended to fill the reader with fear, and Balzac does a pretty good job of it. I feel repetitious in saying the ending is filled with irony. This is too short, however, for a long review. It is quite good and worth the 45 minutes I spent. But

Publicado em 1831, esse conto abre o volume 12 da Comédia Humana e faz parte da subdivisão Estudos de Costumes - Cenas da Vida Política.
A ação se passa no ano de 1793 e inicia-se com uma senhora caminhando de forma furtiva pelas ruas mais sombrias de Paris, aparentemente sendo seguida. Estamos no an

Set in January 1793, just after the execution of Louis XVI, Honoré de Balzac's An Episode Under the Terror shares a time period with such works as Les Chouans and Christ in Flanders. Like the former, it deals explicitly with the Revolution and with class and social relations, and with the latter it

View More Reviews