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Language: English
Wordcount: 15,106 / 50 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.7
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 2,877 755
Genre: Short Story

Translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley

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the depths of his heart; thinking perhaps, as simple characters are apt to think, that there was something immodest in unveiling griefs when human language cannot render their depths and may only rouse the mockery of those who do not comprehend them. Monsieur d'Albon had one of those delicate natures which divine sorrows, and are instantly sympathetic to the emotion they have involuntarily aroused. He respected his friend's silence, rose, forgot his fatigue, and followed him silently, grieved to have touched a wound that was evidently not healed.

"Some day, my friend," said Philippe, pressing his hand, and thanking him for his mute repentance by a heart-rending look, "I will relate to you my life. To-day I cannot."

They continued their way in silence. When the colonel's pain seemed soothed, the marquis resumed his fatigue; and with the instinct, or rather the will, of a wearied man his eye took in the very depths of the forest; he questioned the tree-tops and examined the branching paths, hoping to dis

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****

Good short story. The appalling circumstances under which the Comtesse de Vandieres lost her reason have been very well described by Balzac.



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