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Women in the Life of Balzac

by Juanita Helm Floyd

Balzac knew many women, and to understand him fully one should studyhis relations with them. If he has portrayed them well, it is becausehe loved them tenderly, and was loved by many in return. Thesefeminine affections formed one of the consolations of his life; theynot only gave him courage but helped to soften the bitterness of histrials and disappointments.

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