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The Lesser Bourgeoisie

Honoré de Balzac

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In fact, she often bemoaned herself that she couldn't be miserly. At her last dinner she had related how, after struggling ten minute and enduring martyrdom, she had ended by giving ten francs to a poor workwoman whom she knew, positively, had been without food for two days.

"Nature," she said naively, "is stronger than reason."

The soup was a rather pale bouillon; for, even on an occasion like this, the cook had been enjoined to make a great deal of bouillon out of the beef supplied. Then, as the said beef was to feed the family on the next day and the day after that, the less juice it expended in the bouillon, the more substantial were the subsequent dinners. The beef, little cooked, was always taken away at the following speech from Brigitte, uttered as soon as Thuillier put his knife into it:—

"I think it is rather tough; send it away, Thuillier, nobody will eat it; we have other things."

The soup was, in fact, flanke. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the longest Balzac story I've read, I think (maybe The Chouans is longer?) but I loved it! It is the deliciously complicated story of the ambitions of the poor and not-strictly-speaking honest La Peyrade. All through the story Balzac teases the reader with complications that sway in and away

I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would from the opening. The characters felt more like puppets than usual, and too much of the back story was not revealed till near the end. Best thing: Brigitte. Balzac really had a thing about frustrated middle-aged spinsters, didn't he? Worst thing: the

The story opens with a description of the house owned by Mademoiselle Thuillier and details some of the residents. She, a very capable money-manager, lives there with her brother and his family. M. Colleville is her brother's most intimate friend and the families spend considerable time together.


This was a wonderful book: witty, funny - and sophisticated. I kept being amazed that it was written almost 200 years ago. It's a cliche, but his insight is still modern

This was a wonderful book: witty, funny and sophisticated. I kept being amazed that it was written almost 200 years ago. It's a cli

I am so happy that I am reading the whole of Balzac's La Comedie Humaine and what a delicious web of characters and entangled lives. One definitely could read just one story but the innuendos and other nuances would not connect the dots to the genius of the whole. Balzac has me rethinking what my fe

Here is a late Balzac novel that, until recently, I didn't even know existed. It tells of the attempts made by a young attorney named Theodose de la Peyrade to worm himself into the good graces of a nouveau riche Paris family, the Thuilliers. As his reward he aims for the hand of the lucky heir of t