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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheLilyoftheValley,byHonoredeBalzac ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheLilyoftheValley Author:HonoredeBalzac Translator:KatharinePrescottWormeley ReleaseDate:February26,2010[EBook#1569] LastUpdated:November22,2016 Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHELILYOFTHEVALLEY*** ProducedbyJohnBickers,andDagny,andDavidWidger THELILYOFTHEVALLEY ByHonoreDeBalzac TranslatedbyKatharinePrescottWormeley DEDICATION ToMonsieurJ B Nacquart, MemberoftheRoyalAcademyofMedicine DearDoctor—Hereisoneofthemostcarefullyhewnstonesinthe secondcourseofthefoundationofaliteraryedificewhichIhave slowlyandlaboriouslyconstructed Iwishtoinscribeyourname uponit,asmuchtothankthemanwhosescienceoncesavedmeas tohonorthefriendofmydailylife DeBalzac Contents THELILYOFTHEVALLEY CHAPTERI TWOCHILDHOODS CHAPTERII FIRSTLOVE CHAPTERIII THETWOWOMEN ADDENDUM THELILYOFTHEVALLEY ENVOI FelixdeVandenessetoMadamelaComtesseNataliedeManerville: Iyieldtoyourwishes Itistheprivilegeofthewomenwhomwe lovemorethantheyloveustomakethemenwholovethemignore theordinaryrulesofcommon-sense Tosmooththefrownupontheir brow,tosoftenthepoutupontheirlips,whatobstacleswe miraculouslyovercome!Weshedourblood,weriskourfuture! Youexactthehistoryofmypastlife;hereitis Butremember this,Natalie;inobeyingyouIcrushunderfootareluctance hithertounconquerable Whyareyoujealousofthesuddenreveries whichovertakemeinthemidstofourhappiness?Whyshowthe prettyangerofapettedwomanwhensilencegraspsme?Couldyou notplayuponthecontradictionsofmycharacterwithoutinquiring intothecausesofthem?Aretheresecretsinyourheartwhich seekabsolutionthroughaknowledgeofmine?Ah!Natalie,youhave guessedmine;anditisbetteryoushouldknowthewholetruth Yes,mylifeisshadowedbyaphantom;awordevokesit;ithovers vaguelyabovemeandaboutme;withinmysoularesolemnmemories, buriedinitsdepthslikethosemarineproductionsseenincalmest weatherandwhichthestormsofoceancastinfragmentsonthe shore Thementallaborwhichtheexpressionofideasnecessitateshas revivedtheold,oldfeelingswhichgivemesomuchpainwhenthey comesuddenly;andifinthisconfessionofmypasttheybreak forthinawaythatwoundsyou,rememberthatyouthreatenedto punishmeifIdidnotobeyyourwishes,anddonot,therefore, punishmyobedience Iwouldthatthis,myconfidence,might increaseyourlove Untilwemeet, Felix CHAPTERI TWOCHILDHOODS Towhatgeniusfedontearsshallwesomedayowethatmosttouchingofall elegies,—the tale of tortures borne silently by souls whose tender roots find stony ground in the domestic soil, whose earliest buds are torn apart by rancorous hands, whose flowers are touched by frost at the moment of their blossoming?Whatpoetwillsingthesorrowsofthechildwhoselipsmustsucka bitterbreast,whosesmilesarecheckedbythecruelfireofasterneye?Thetale thattellsofsuchpoorhearts,oppressedbybeingsplacedaboutthemtopromote the development of their natures, would contain the true history of my childhood What vanity could I have wounded,—I a child new-born? What moral or physicalinfirmitycausedbymother’scoldness?WasIthechildofduty,whose birthisamerechance,orwasIonewhoseverylifewasareproach?Puttonurse inthecountryandforgottenbymyfamilyforoverthreeyears,Iwastreatedwith suchindifferenceonmyreturntotheparentalroofthateventheservantspitied me IdonotknowtowhatfeelingorhappyaccidentIowedmyrescuefromthis firstneglect;asachildIwasignorantofit,asamanIhavenotdiscoveredit Far fromeasingmylot,mybrotherandmytwosistersfoundamusementinmaking me suffer The compact in virtue of which children hide each other’s peccadilloes,andwhichearlyteachesthemtheprinciplesofhonor,wasnulland void in my case; more than that, I was often punished for my brother’s faults, without being allowed to prove the injustice The fawning spirit which seems instinctiveinchildrentaughtmybrotherandsisterstojoininthepersecutionsto whichIwassubjected,andthuskeepinthegoodgracesofamotherwhomthey fearedasmuchasI Wasthispartlytheeffectofachildishloveofimitation;was it from a need of testing their powers; or was it simply through lack of pity? Perhapsthesecausesunitedtodeprivemeofthesweetsoffraternalintercourse Disinherited of all affection, I could love nothing; yet nature had made me loving Is there an angel who garners the sighs of feeling hearts rebuffed incessantly?Ifinmanysuchheartsthecrushedfeelingsturntohatred,inmine they condensed and hollowed a depth from which, in after years, they gushed forthuponmylife Inmanycharactersthehabitoftremblingrelaxesthefibres and begets fear, and fear ends in submission; hence, a weakness which emasculates aman, andmakeshimmoreorlessaslave Butinmycasethese perpetualtorturesledtothedevelopmentofacertainstrength,whichincreased through exercise and predisposed my spirit to the habit of moral resistance Alwaysinexpectationofsomenewgrief—asthemartyrsexpectedsomefresh blow—my whole being expressed, I doubt not, a sullen resignation which smothered the grace and gaiety of childhood, and gave me an appearance of idiocy which seemed to justify my mother’s threatening prophecies The certainty of injustice prematurely roused my pride—that fruit of reason—and thus, no doubt, checked the evil tendencies which an education like mine encouraged ThoughmymotherneglectedmeIwassometimestheobjectofhersolicitude; sheoccasionallyspokeofmyeducationandseemeddesirousofattendingtoit herself ColdchillsranthroughmeatsuchtimeswhenIthoughtofthetorturea dailyintercoursewithherwouldinflictuponme IblessedtheneglectinwhichI lived,andrejoicedthatIcouldstayaloneinthegardenandplaywiththepebbles and watch the insects and gaze into the blueness of the sky Though my loneliness naturally led me to reverie, my liking for contemplation was first arousedbyanincidentwhichwillgiveyouanideaofmyearlytroubles Solittle noticewastakenofmethatthegovernessoccasionallyforgottosendmetobed One evening I was peacefully crouching under a fig-tree, watching a star with thatpassionofcuriositywhichtakespossessionofachild’smind,andtowhich myprecociousmelancholygaveasortofsentimentalintuition Mysisterswere playingaboutandlaughing;Iheardtheirdistantchatterlikeanaccompaniment to my thoughts After a while the noise ceased and darkness fell My mother happened to notice my absence To escape blame, our governess, a terrible Mademoiselle Caroline, worked upon my mother’s fears,—told her I had a horrorofmyhomeandwouldlongagohaverunawayifshehadnotwatched me;thatIwasnotstupidbutsullen;andthatinallherexperienceofchildrenshe hadneverknownoneofsobadadispositionasmine Shepretendedtosearch forme IansweredassoonasIwascalled,andshecametothefig-tree,where sheverywellknewIwas “Whatareyoudoingthere?”sheasked “Watchinga star.”“Youwerenotwatchingastar,”saidmymother,whowaslisteningonher balcony; “children of your age know nothing of astronomy.” “Ah, madame,” cried Mademoiselle Caroline, “he has opened the faucet of the reservoir; the gardenisinundated!”Thentherewasageneralexcitement Thefactwasthatmy sistershadamusedthemselvesbyturningthecocktoseethewaterflow,buta suddenspurtwetthemalloverandfrightenedthemsomuchthattheyranaway withoutclosingit Accusedandconvictedofthispieceofmischiefandtoldthat IliedwhenIdeniedit,Iwasseverelypunished Worsethanall,Iwasjeeredat formypretendedloveofthestarsandforbiddentostayinthegardenafterdark Such tyrannical restrains intensify a passion in the hearts of children even more than in those of men; children think of nothing but the forbidden thing, whichthenbecomesirresistiblyattractivetothem Iwasoftenwhippedformy star Unable to confide in my kind, I told it all my troubles in that delicious inwardprattlewithwhichwestammerourfirstideas,justasoncewestammered ourfirstwords Attwelveyearsofage,longafterIwasatschool,Istillwatched thatstarwithindescribabledelight,—sodeepandlastingaretheimpressionswe receiveinthedawnoflife MybrotherCharles,fiveyearsolderthanIandashandsomeaboyashenow isaman,wasthefavoriteofmyfather,theidolofmymother,andconsequently the sovereign of the house He was robust and well-made, and had a tutor I, punyandevensickly,wassentatfiveyearsofageasdaypupiltoaschoolinthe town;takeninthemorningandbroughtbackatnightbymyfather’svalet Iwas sentwithascantylunch,whilemyschool-fellowsbroughtplentyofgoodfood Thistriflingcontrastbetweenmyprivationsandtheirprosperitymademesuffer deeply The famous potted pork prepared at Tours and called “rillettes” and “rillons”wasthechieffeatureoftheirmid-daymeal,betweentheearlybreakfast and the parent’s dinner, which was ready when we returned from school This preparationofmeat,muchprizedbycertaingourmands,isseldomseenatTours onaristocratictables;ifIhadeverheardofitbeforeIwenttoschool,Icertainly hadneverhadthehappinessofseeingthatbrownmessspreadonslicesofbread andbutter Nevertheless,mydesireforthose“rillons”wassogreatthatitgrew tobeafixedidea,likethelongingofanelegantParisianduchessforthestews cookedbyaporter’swife,—longingswhich,beingawoman,shefoundmeansto satisfy Childrenguesseachother’scovetousness,justasyouareabletoreada man’slove,bythelookintheeyes;consequentlyIbecameanadmirablebuttfor ridicule My comrades, nearly all belonging to the lower bourgeoisie, would showmetheir“rillons”andaskifIknewhowtheyweremadeandwherethey were sold, and why it was that I never had any They licked their lips as they talkedofthem—scrapsofporkpressedintheirownfatandlookinglikecooked truffles;theyinspectedmylunch-basket,andfindingnothingbetterthanOlivet cheese or dried fruits, they plagued me with questions: “Is that all you have? haveyoureallynothingelse?”—speecheswhichmademerealizethedifference betweenmybrotherandmyself This contrast between my own abandonment and the happiness of others nippedtherosesofmychildhoodandblightedmybuddingyouth Thefirsttime thatI,mistakingmycomrades’actionsforgenerosity,putforthmyhandtotake thedaintyIhadsolongcovetedandwhichwasnowhypocriticallyheldoutto me,mytormentorpulledbackhisslicetothegreatdelightofhiscomradeswho wereexpectingthatresult Ifnobleanddistinguishedmindsare,asweoftenfind them,capableofvanity,canweblamethechildwhoweepswhendespisedand jeered at? Under such a trial many boys would have turned into gluttons and cringing beggars I fought to escape my persecutors The courage of despair made me formidable; but I was hated, and thus had no protection against treachery OneeveningasIleftschoolIwasstruckinthebackbyahandfulof small stones tied in a handkerchief When the valet, who punished the perpetrator,toldthistomymothersheexclaimed:“Thatdreadfulchild!hewill alwaysbeatormenttous.” FindingthatIinspiredinmyschoolmatesthesamerepulsionthatwasfeltfor mebymyfamily,Isankintoahorribledistrustofmyself Asecondfallofsnow checked the seeds that were germinating in my soul The boys whom I most likedwerenotoriousscamps;thisfactrousedmyprideandIheldaloof AgainI wasshutupwithinmyselfandhadnoventforthefeelingswithwhichmyheart wasfull Themasteroftheschool,observingthatIwasgloomy,dislikedbymy comrades,andalwaysalone,confirmedthefamilyverdictastomysulkytemper AssoonasIcouldreadandwrite,mymothertransferredmetoPont-le-Voy,a schoolinchargeofOratorianswhotookboysofmyageintoaformcalledthe “classoftheLatinsteps”wheredullladswithtorpidbrainswereapttolinger There I remained eight years without seeing my family; living the life of a pariah,—partly for the following reason I received but three francs a month pocket-money, a sum barely sufficient to buy the pens, ink, paper, knives, and ruleswhichwewereforcedtosupplyourselves Unabletobuystiltsorskippingropes,oranyofthethingsthatwereusedintheplayground,Iwasdrivenoutof thegames;togainadmissiononsuffrageIshouldhavehadtotoadytherichand flatter the strong of my division My heart rose against either of these meannesses,which,however,mostchildrenreadilyemploy Ilivedunderatree, lost in dejected thought, or reading the books distributed to us monthly by the librarian How many griefs were in the shadow of that solitude; what genuine anguish filled my neglected life! Imagine what my sore heart felt when, at the first distribution of prizes,—of which I obtained the two most valued, namely, forthemeandfortranslation,—neithermyfathernormymotherwaspresentin the theatre when I came forward to receive the awards amid general acclamations, although the building was filled with the relatives of all my comrades Instead of kissing the distributor, according to custom, I burst into tearsandthrewmyselfonhisbreast ThatnightIburnedmycrownsinthestove thatIaskisthatyoudonotdeprivemeoftherighttocomehere,tobreathethe aironthisterrace,andtowaituntiltimehaschangedyourideasofsociallife At thismomentIdesirenottorufflethem;Irespectagriefwhichmisleadsyou,for ittakesevenfrommethepowerofjudgingsoberlythecircumstancesinwhichI findmyself Thesaintwhonowlooksdownuponuswillapprovethereticence withwhichIsimplyaskthatyoustandneutralbetweenyourpresentfeelingsand mywishes Iloveyoutoowell,inspiteoftheaversionyouareshowingme,to say one word to the count of a proposal he would welcome eagerly Be free Later, remember that you know no one in the world as you know me, that no manwilleverhavemoredevotedfeelings—” Up to this moment Madeleine had listened with lowered eyes; now she stoppedmebyagesture “Monsieur,” she said, in a voice trembling with emotion “I know all your thoughts; but I shall not change my feelings towards you I would rather fling myselfintotheIndrethanallymyselftoyou Iwillnotspeaktoyouofmyself, butifmymother’snamestillpossessesanypoweroveryou,inhernameIbeg younevertoreturntoClochegourdesolongasIaminit Themeresightofyou causesmearepugnanceIcannotexpress,butwhichIshallneverovercome.” She bowed to me with dignity, and returned to the house without looking back,impassibleashermotherhadbeenforonedayonly,butmorepitiless The searchingeyeofthatyounggirlhaddiscovered,thoughtardily,thesecretsofher mother’sheart,andherhatredtothemanwhomshefanciedfataltohermother’s lifemayhavebeenincreasedbyasenseofherinnocentcomplicity All before me was now chaos Madeleine hated me, without considering whetherIwasthecauseorthevictimofthesemisfortunes Shemighthavehated usequally,hermotherandme,hadwebeenhappy Thusitwasthattheedifice of my happiness fell in ruins I alone knew the life of that unknown, noble woman I alone had entered every region of her soul; neither mother, father, husband, nor children had ever known her.—Strange truth! I stir this heap of ashes and take pleasure in spreading them before you; all hearts may find somethinginthemoftheirclosestexperience Howmanyfamilieshavehadtheir Henriette! How many noble feelings have left this earth with no historian to fathom their hearts, to measure the depth and breadth of their spirits Such is human life in all its truth! Often mothers know their children as little as their childrenknowthem Soitiswithhusbands,lovers,brothers DidIimaginethat oneday,besidemyfather’scoffin,IshouldcontendwithmybrotherCharles,for whoseadvancementIhaddonesomuch?GoodGod!howmanylessonsinthe simplesthistory WhenMadeleinedisappearedintothehouse,Iwentawaywithabrokenheart BiddingfarewelltomyhostatSache,IstartedforParis,followingtherightbank of the Indre, the one I had taken when I entered the valley for the first time SadlyIdrovethroughtheprettyvillageofPont-de-Ruan YetIwasrich,political lifecourtedme;Iwasnotthewearyplodderof1814 Thenmyheartwasfullof eagerdesires,nowmyeyeswerefulloftears;oncemylifewasallbeforemeto fillasIcould,nowIknewittobeadesert Iwasstillyoung,—onlytwenty-nine, —butmyheartwaswithered Afewyearshadsufficedtodespoilthatlandscape of its early glory, and to disgust me with life You can imagine my feelings when,onturninground,IsawMadeleineontheterrace Apreytoimperioussadness,Igavenothoughttotheendofmyjourney Lady Dudleywasfar,indeed,frommymind,andIenteredthecourtyardofherhouse without reflection The folly once committed, I was forced to carry it out My habits were conjugal in her house, and I went upstairs thinking of the annoyancesofarupture Ifyouhavefullyunderstoodthecharacterandmanners ofLadyDudley,youcanimaginemydiscomfiturewhenhermajordomoushered me, still in my travelling dress, into a salon where I found her sumptuously dressed and surrounded by four persons Lord Dudley, one of the most distinguished old statesmen of England, was standing with his back to the fireplace, stiff, haughty, frigid, with the sarcastic air he doubtless wore in parliament; he smiled when he heard my name Arabella’s two children, who were amazingly like de Marsay (a natural son of the old lord), were near their mother;deMarsayhimselfwasonthesofabesideher AssoonasArabellasaw mesheassumedadistantair,andglancedatmytravellingcapasiftoaskwhat broughtmethere Shelookedmeoverfromheadtofoot,asthoughIweresome countrygentlemenjustpresentedtoher Asforourintimacy,thateternalpassion, those vows of suicide if I ceased to love her, those visions of Armida, all had vanishedlikeadream Ihadneverclaspedherhand;Iwasastranger;sheknew menot Inspiteofthediplomaticself-possessiontowhichIwasgraduallybeing trained,Iwasconfounded;andallothersinmyplacewouldhavefeltthesame De Marsay smiled at his boots, which he examined with remarkable interest I decidedatonceuponmycourse FromanyotherwomanIshouldmodestlyhave acceptedmydefeat;but,outragedattheglowingappearanceoftheheroinewho hadvowedtodieforlove,andwhohadscoffedatthewomanwhowasreally dead, I resolved to meet insolence with insolence She knew very well the misfortunesofLadyBrandon;toremindherofthemwastosendadaggertoher heart,thoughtheweaponmightbebluntedbytheblow “Madame,” I said, “I am sure you will pardon my unceremonious entrance, when I tell you that I have just arrived from Touraine, and that Lady Brandon has given me a message for you which allows of no delay I feared you had already started for Lancashire, but as you are still in Paris I will await your ordersatanyhouryoumaybepleasedtoappoint.” Shebowed,andIlefttheroom SincethatdayIhaveonlymetherinsociety, whereweexchangeafriendlybow,andoccasionallyasarcasm Italktoherof theinconsolablewomenofLancashire;shemakesallusiontoFrenchwomenwho dignify their gastric troubles by calling them despair Thanks to her, I have a mortalenemyindeMarsay,ofwhomsheisveryfond Inreturn,Icallherthe wifeoftwogenerations Somydisasterwascomplete;itlackednothing IfollowedtheplanIhadlaid outformyselfduringmyretreatatSache;Iplungedintoworkandgavemyself whollytoscience,literature,andpolitics Ienteredthediplomaticserviceonthe accessionofCharlesX.,whosuppressedtheemploymentIheldunderthelate king FromthatmomentIwasfirmlyresolvedtopaynofurtherattentiontoany woman, no matter how beautiful, witty, or loving she might be This determinationsucceededadmirably;Iobtainedareallymarvelloustranquillityof mind, and great powers of work, and I came to understand how much these womenwasteourlives,believing,allthewhile,thatafewgraciouswordswill repayus But—all my resolutions came to naught; you know how and why Dear Natalie,intellingyoumylife,withoutreserve,withoutconcealment,precisely asItellittomyself,inrelatingtoyoufeelingsinwhichyouhavehadnoshare, perhaps I have wounded some corner of your sensitive and jealous heart But thatwhichmightangeracommonwomanwillbetoyou—Ifeelsureofit—an additionalreasonforlovingme Noblewomenhaveindeedasublimemissionto fulfiltosufferingandsickenedhearts,—themissionofthesisterofcharitywho stanchesthewound,ofthemotherwhoforgivesachild Artistsandpoetsarenot theonlyoneswhosuffer;menwhoworkfortheircountry,forthefuturedestiny ofthenations,enlargingthusthecircleoftheirpassionsandtheirthoughts,often make for themselves a cruel solitude They need a pure, devoted love beside them,—believeme,theyunderstanditsgrandeuranditsworth To-morrowIshallknowifIhavedeceivedmyselfinlovingyou Felix ANSWERTOTHEENVOI MadamelaComtesseNataliedeManervilletoMonsieurleComte FelixdeVandenesse DearCount,—YoureceivedaletterfrompoorMadamedeMortsauf, which,yousay,wasofuseinguidingyouthroughtheworld,—a lettertowhichyouoweyourdistinguishedcareer Permitmeto finishyoureducation Giveup,Ibegofyou,areallydreadfulhabit;donotimitate certainwidowswhotalkoftheirfirsthusbandandthrowthe virtuesofthedeceasedinthefaceoftheirsecond Iama Frenchwoman,dearcount;IwishtomarrythewholeofthemanI love,andIreallycannotmarryMadamedeMortsauftoo Having readyourtalewithalltheattentionitdeserves,—andyouknow theinterestIfeelinyou,—itseemstomethatyoumusthave weariedLadyDudleywiththeperfectionsofMadamedeMortsauf, anddonegreatharmtothecountessbyoverwhelmingherwiththe experiencesofyourEnglishlove Alsoyouhavefailedintactto me,poorcreaturewithoutothermeritthanthatofpleasingyou; youhavegivenmetounderstandthatIcannotloveasHenrietteor Arabellalovedyou Iacknowledgemyimperfections;Iknowthem; butwhysoroughlymakemefeelthem? ShallItellyouwhomIpity?—thefourthwomanwhomyoulove She willbeforcedtostruggleagainstthreeothers Therefore,in yourinterestsaswellasinhers,Imustwarnyouagainstthe dangersofyourtale Formyself,Irenouncethelaboriousglory oflovingyou,—itneedstoomanyvirtues,CatholicorAnglican, andIhavenofancyforrivallingphantoms Thevirtuesofthe virginofClochegourdewoulddisheartenanywoman,howeversureof herselfshemightbe,andyourintrepidEnglishamazondiscourages evenawishforthatsortofhappiness Nomatterwhatapoor womanmaydo,shecanneverhopetogiveyouthejoysshewill aspiretogive Neitherheartnorsensescantriumphagainstthese memoriesofyours IownthatIhaveneverbeenabletowarmthe sunshinechilledforyoubythedeathofyoursaintedHenriette I havefeltyoushudderingbesideme Myfriend,—foryouwillalwaysbemyfriend,—nevermakesuch confidencesagain;theylaybareyourdisillusions;they discouragelove,andcompelawomantofeeldoubtfulofherself Love,dearcount,canonlyliveontrustfulness Thewomanwho beforeshesaysawordormountsherhorse,mustaskherself whetheracelestialHenriettemightnothavespokenbetter, whetherariderlikeArabellawasnotmoregraceful,thatwoman youmaybeverysure,willtrembleinallhermembers You certainlyhavegivenmeadesiretoreceiveafewofthose intoxicatingbouquets—butyousayyouwillmakenomore There aremanyotherthingsyoudarenolongerdo;thoughtsand enjoymentsyoucanneverreawaken Nowoman,andyououghttoknow this,willbewillingtoelbowinyourheartthephantomwhomyou holdthere YouaskmetoloveyououtofChristiancharity Icoulddomuch, Icandidlyadmit,forcharity;infactIcoulddoall—except love Youaresometimeswearisomeandwearied;youcallyour dulnessmelancholy Verygood,—sobeit;butallthesameitis intolerable,andcausesmuchcruelanxietytoonewholovesyou I haveoftenfoundthegraveofthatsaintbetweenus Ihave searchedmyownheart,Iknowmyself,andIownIdonotwishto dieasshedid IfyoutiredoutLadyDudley,whoisavery distinguishedwoman,I,whohavenotherpassionatedesires, should,Ifear,turncoldlyagainstyouevensoonerthanshedid Come,letussuppresslovebetweenus,inasmuchasyoucanfind happinessonlywiththedead,andletusbemerelyfriends—Iwish it Ah!mydearcount,whatahistoryyouhavetoldme!Atyour entranceintolifeyoufoundanadorablewoman,aperfect mistress,whothoughtofyourfuture,madeyouapeer,lovedyou todistraction,onlyaskedthatyouwouldbefaithfultoher,and youkilledher!Iknownothingmoremonstrous Amongallthe passionateandunfortunateyoungmenwhohauntthestreetsof Paris,Idoubtifthereisonewhowouldnotstayvirtuousten yearstoobtainonehalfofthefavorsyoudidnotknowhowto value!Whenamanislovedlikethathowcanheaskmore?Poor woman!shesufferedindeed;andafteryouhavewrittenafew sentimentalphrasesyouthinkyouhavebalancedyouraccountwith hercoffin Such,nodoubt,istheendthatawaitsmytenderness foryou Thankyou,dearcount,Iwillhavenorivaloneither sideofthegrave Whenamanhassuchacrimeuponhis conscience,atleastheoughtnottotellofit Imadeyouan imprudentrequest;butIwastruetomywoman’spartasadaughter ofEve,—itwasyourparttoestimatetheeffectoftheanswer Yououghttohavedeceivedme;laterIshouldhavethankedyou Is itpossiblethatyouhaveneverunderstoodthespecialvirtueof lovers?Canyounotfeelhowgeneroustheyareinswearingthat theyhaveneverlovedbefore,andloveatlastforthefirsttime? No,yourprogrammecannotbecarriedout Toattempttobeboth MadamedeMortsaufandLadyDudley,—why,mydearfriend,itwould betryingtounitefireandwaterwithinme!Isitpossiblethat youdon’tknowwomen?Believeme,theyarewhattheyare,andthey havethereforethedefectsoftheirvirtues YoumetLadyDudley tooearlyinlifetoappreciateher,andtheharmyousayofher seemstometherevengeofyourwoundedvanity Youunderstood MadamedeMortsauftoolate;youpunishedonefornotbeingthe other,—whatwouldhappentomeifIwereneithertheonenorthe other?Iloveyouenoughtohavethoughtdeeplyaboutyourfuture; infact,Ireallycareforyouagreatdeal Yourairofthe KnightoftheSadCountenancehasalwaysdeeplyinterestedme;I believedintheconstancyofmelancholymen;butIlittlethought thatyouhadkilledtheloveliestandthemostvirtuousofwomen attheopeningofyourlife Well,Iaskmyself,whatremainsforyoutodo?Ihavethoughtit overcarefully Ithink,myfriend,thatyouwillhavetomarrya Mrs Shandy,whowillknownothingofloveorofpassion,andwill nottroubleherselfaboutMadamedeMortsauforLadyDudley;who willbewhollyindifferenttothosemomentsofennuiwhichyou callmelancholy,duringwhichyouareaslivelyasarainyday,—a wifewhowillbetoyou,inshort,theexcellentsisterofcharity whomyouareseeking Butasforloving,quiveringataword, anticipatinghappiness,givingit,receivingit,experiencingall thetempestsofpassion,cherishingthelittleweaknessesofa belovedwoman—mydearcount,renounceitall!Youhavefollowed theadviceofyourgoodangelaboutyoungwomentooclosely;you haveavoidedthemsocarefullythatnowyouknownothingabout them MadamedeMortsaufwasrighttoplaceyouhighinlifeat thestart;otherwiseallwomenwouldhavebeenagainstyou,and youneverwouldhaveriseninsociety Itistoolatenowtobeginyourtrainingoveragain;toolateto learntotelluswhatwelongtohear;tobesuperiortousatthe rightmoment,ortoworshipourpettinesswhenitpleasesustobe petty Wearenotsosillyasyouthinkus Whenweloveweplace themanofourchoiceaboveallelse Whatevershakesourfaithin oursupremacyshakesourlove Inflatteringusmenflatter themselves Ifyouintendtoremaininsociety,toenjoyan intercoursewithwomen,youmustcarefullyconcealfromthemall thatyouhavetoldme;theywillnotbewillingtosowtheflowers oftheirloveupontherocksorlavishtheircaressestosoothea sickenedspirit Womenwilldiscoverthebarrennessofyourheart andyouwillbeevermoreandmoreunhappy Fewamongthemwould befrankenoughtotellyouwhatIhavetoldyou,orsufficiently good-naturedtoleaveyouwithoutrancor,offeringtheir friendship,likethewomanwhonowsubscribesherself Yourdevotedfriend, NataliedeManerville ADDENDUM ThefollowingpersonagesappearinotherstoriesoftheHuman Comedy Birotteau,AbbeFrancois CesarBirotteau TheVicarofTours Blamont-Chauvry,Princessede TheThirteen MadameFirmiani Brandon,LadyMarieAugusta TheMemberforArcis LaGrenadiere Chessel,Madamede TheGovernmentClerks Dudley,Lord TheThirteen AManofBusiness AnotherStudyofWoman ADaughterofEve Dudley,LadyArabella TheBallatSceaux TheMagicSkin TheSecretsofaPrincess ADaughterofEve LettersofTwoBrides Givry LettersofTwoBrides ScenesfromaCourtesan’sLife Lenoncourt,Ducde CesarBirotteau JealousiesofaCountryTown TheGondrevilleMystery Beatrix Lenoncourt-Givry,Duchessede LettersofTwoBrides ScenesfromaCourtesan’sLife Listomere,Marquisde ADistinguishedProvincialatParis AStudyofWoman Listomere,Marquisede LostIllusions ADistinguishedProvincialatParis AStudyofWoman ADaughterofEve LouisXVIII.,Louis-Stanislas-Xavier TheChouans TheSeamySideofHistory TheGondrevilleMystery ScenesfromaCourtesan’sLife TheBallatSceaux ColonelChabert TheGovernmentClerks Manerville,ComtessePaulde AMarriageSettlement ADaughterofEve Marsay,Henride TheThirteen TheUnconsciousHumorists AnotherStudyofWoman FatherGoriot JealousiesofaCountryTown UrsuleMirouet AMarriageSettlement LostIllusions ADistinguishedProvincialatParis LettersofTwoBrides TheBallatSceaux ModesteMignon TheSecretsofaPrincess TheGondrevilleMystery ADaughterofEve Stanhope,LadyEsther LostIllusions Vandenesse,ComteFelixde LostIllusions ADistinguishedProvincialatParis CesarBirotteau LettersofTwoBrides AStartinLife TheMarriageSettlement 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Through the windows the eyetookin the valley from the heights of Pont-de-Ruanto the chateaud’Azay, following the windings of the furthershore,picturesquelyvariedby the towers of Frapesle, the. .. moors,—uncultivated tracts of landlyingon the summit of the plateauwhichseparates the valley of the Cher fromthat of the Indre,andoverwhichthereisacross-roadleadingtoChampy Thesemoorsareflatandsandy,andformorethanthreemilesaredrearyenough... of nightanditssilence,Ineededlassitude of body,Icraved the heat of the sunto make the eating of the deliciousappleintowhichIhadbittenperfect Hadshe asked of me the singingflower, the richesburiedby the comrades of Morganthe
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