"he Deputy of Arcis," of which Balzac wrote and published the first part in 1817. was left unfinished at his death. He designated M. Charles Rabou, editor of the " Revue de Paris," as the person to take his notes and prepare the rest of the volume for the press. It is instructive to a student of Balzac to see how disconnected and out of proportion the story becomes in these latter parts, — showing plainly that the master's hand was in the habit of pruning away half, if not more, of what it had written. Translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley.
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