The Thirteen

The Thirteen

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The Thirteen by Honoré de Balzac

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The Thirteen (Histoire des Treize) consists of three stories: Ferragus (the Rue Soly), The Duchesse de Langeais (Ne touchez-paz a la hache), and The Girl with the Golden Eyes (La Fille aux Yeux d'Or).

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their rules, that there have been bloody battles between different fraternities on a question of principle. Fortunately, however, for peace and public order; if a /Devorant/ is ambitious, he takes to building houses, makes a fortune, and leaves the guild.

A great many curious things might be told of their rivals, the /Compagnons du Devior/, of all the different sects of workmen, their manners and customs and brotherhoods, and of the resemblances between them and the Freemasons; but there, these particulars would be out of place. The author will merely add, that before the Revolution a Trempe-la-Soupe had been known in the King's service, which is to say, that he had the tenure of a place in His Majesty's galleys for one hundred and one years; but even thence he ruled his guild, and was religiously consulted on all matters, and if he escaped from the hulks he met with help, succor, and respect wherever he went. To have a chief in the hulks is one of those misfortunes for which Providence is responsible; but

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