She was not in love with her husband". When the Balzac children returned home, they were kept at a frosty distance from their parents, which affected the author-to-be significantly. His father, seeking to instill the same hardscrabble work ethic which had gained him the esteem of society, intentionally gave little spending money to the boy. This made him the object of ridicule among his much wealthier schoolmates. As a result, he was frequently sent to the "alcove", a punishment cell reserved for disobedient students.
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It is worth noting that though the Republic had replaced the Livre by the Franc of equal value both continued to circulate as did the Louis 20 livres. Plot summary[ edit ] Felix Grandet, master cooper, married the daughter of a wealthy timber merchant at a time when the French Republic had confiscated the lands of the Church in the district of Saumur.
Though there was little sympathy locally for the Revolution, Grandet rose in esteem and became mayor, later yielding the post under the Empire only because Napoleon had no liking for republicans. The townspeople took a lively interest in the competition, which is only natural since some sort of inheritance was the major route to prosperity in the early nineteenth century.
He counts out slices of bread in the morning though actually never parting with cash for it since one of his tenants pays part of his rent in kind; most other consumables are supplied in a similar way. Mme Grandet is given no more than six francs at a time for pocket money. They are disturbed by a confident knock on the door and a young stranger is admitted, who hands a letter to Felix.
It is from brother Guillaume, unseen and unresponsive in Paris for 30 years asking Felix to assist Charles his son to travel to the Indies. Additionally and confidentially, that Guillaume having gone bankrupt, is planning to take his own life. Later she offers the gold to Charles who asks her to guard a gold dressing case given to him by his mother. Meanwhile Felix had made 14, francs on dealing in gold coin and preparations were made for Charles to depart to the Indies.
After Charles has left, Balzac reserves a final degradation for Grandet. His wife, who had been patient, loving and supportive throughout their married life, had been physically ground down by their austere life.
Honoré de Balzac
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