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The Firm of Nucingen

The Firm of Nucingen

The Firm of Nucingen You know how slight the partitions are between the private rooms of fashionable...
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Author: Balzac, Honoré de,1799-1850
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The Firm of Nucingen

The Firm of Nucingen

$186.43 $4.65

The Firm of Nucingen

$186.43 $4.65
Author: Balzac, Honoré de,1799-1850
Format: eBook
Language: English

The Firm of Nucingen

You know how slight the partitions are between the private rooms of fashionable restaurants in Paris; Verys largest room, for instance, is cut in two by a removable screen. This Scene is not laid at Verys, but in snug quarters, which for reasons of my own I forbear to specify. We were two, so I will say, like Henri Monniers Prudhomme, I should not like to compromise her! We had remarked the want of solidity in the wall-structure, so we talked with lowered voices as we sat together in the little private room, lingering over the dainty dishes of a dinner exquisite in more senses than one. We had come as far as the roast, however, and still we had no neighbors; no sound came from the next room save the crackling of the fire. But when the clock struck eight, we heard voices and noisy footsteps; the waiters brought candles. Evidently there was a party assembled in the next room, and at the first words I knew at once with whom we had to dofour bold cormorants as ever sprang from the foam on the crests of the ever-rising waves of this present generationfour pleasant young fellows whose existence was problematical, since they were not known to possess either stock or landed estates, yet they lived, and lived well. These ingenious condottieri of a modern industrialism, that has come to be the most ruthless of all warfares, leave anxieties to their creditors, and keep the pleasures for themselves. They are careful for nothing, save dress. Still with the courage of the Jean Bart order, that will smoke cigars on a barrel of powder (perhaps by way of keeping up their character), with a quizzing humor that outdoes the minor newspapers, sparing no one, not even themselves; clear-sighted, wary, keen after business, grasping yet open handed, envious yet self-complacent, profound politicians by fits and starts, analyzing everything, guessing everythingnot one of these in question as yet had contrived to make his way in the world which they chose for their scene of operations. Only one of the four, indeed, had succeeded in coming as far as the foot of the ladder. ......Buy Now (To Read More)

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Ebook Number: 1294
Author: Balzac, Honoré de
Release Date: Apr 1, 1998
Format: eBook
Language: English

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Translator: Waring, James

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