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If one is new to reading classics, Do Not Start Here! The tumultuous end of his affair with Louise Breugniot and the advantage she gains from his devotion to Mme.

Her cousin-in-law, Baron Hulot, who seems in the last chapters to have been redeemed by the suffering of his wife and family, ends up in the bed of the kitchen maid; his saintly and devoted wife overhears him say to the girl, “My wife hasn’t long to live, and if you like you can be a baroness.

While there was much I did like about the novel, it falls short of being a truly captivating read.

Cousin Betty by Honoré de Balzac

Nourrison’s scheme as to malicious forethought. In Cousin Bettewe see the archvillain Vautrin, now become chief of police, working with dubious villains like Mme Nourrisson, to help Victorine Hulot wreak revenge on Mme de Betet.

In many of these were published in seventeen volumes as La Comedie Humainea monumental work containing more than characters, which forms the most comprehensive and brilliant social history of post Napoleonic France.

Balzac’s use of recurring characters has been identified as a unique component bbette his fiction. Here he records the greed and guilty passion that motivates Parisian social disease. However, when her niece Hortense sets her sights on the man that Bette believes to be her own, she becomes a formidable foe, obsessed with bringing down the entire Hulot family.


There is much to say about a family in decline, if not peril. Some 19th-century critics attacked the book, on the grounds that it normalized vice and corrupt living. I liked this very much.

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View all 7 comments. At the beginning of Cousin Bettehe is at his apogee: Dec 05, Jonfaith rated beyte it was amazing.

Adeline’s forgiving nature is often considered a significant character flaw. I …more I’m reading Cousin Bette. There is a strong moral message conveyed. One has to set political correctness aside, of course, but the epigrammatic nuggets are worth the dated smears of other nationalities. A nobility that is degenerating, as Hulot does before our eyes?

Moore, Pamela Coulehan, Jack. This is what makes it such a good read, a good plot, great characters and plenty of depth to flesh out the story into a real experience. Two hundred thousand frances. An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. I am listing the characters for two reasons. Pritchett even refers to a representative excerpt as “bad writing”. Whether nette to the intensity of its creation or the tumult of his personal life, the author was surprised by the praise he received.

A whopping difference here, however, being that openly “loose” women are accepted, versus complete disgrace for Englishwomen even suspected of such behavior. But it’s really an exploration of changing social mores, as nouveau riche gained power in mid-century France, when the upper class aristocrats were invaded by successful merchants.


Balzac did write this as a series and it is both light fiction and great literature. He completed over 90 novels and had begun over 40 more.

And can men really be so criminally stupid? Cousin Bette Reading Schedule 7 49 Sep 19, brtte He produced an average of eight pages each day, but was struck coksin the unexpected enormity of the story as it evolved.

Thus he demonstrates Balzac’s conviction that genius alone is useless without determination.

View all 10 comments. Since there are several still-noble servants of the state in high positions, it seems he views Hulot as the kind of weak link in the chain that puts everything at risk. They develop a deep friendship, which many critics consider an example of lesbian affection. Whenever someone looks to be doing well, often one finds a sort of cabal forming to do him or her in.

Aug 30, Pages Buy. I was quite intrigued with how specific the references to money were.

Views Read Edit View history. But the narrative bogs down for me a lot over the repetitive competition for each others’ mistresses and arcane schemes for money.

Cousin Bette is the story of a bitter family member who decides to bring down the relatives that she sees as having done her wrong.

Not only evil, but good, sometimes acts under the cover of a seemingly all-powerful secret society.