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The Commission in Lunacy - Honore de Balzac

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THE COMMISSION IN LUNACY

BY

HONORE DE BALZAC



Translated By
Clara Bell



DEDICATION

Dedicated to Monsieur le Contre-Amiral Bazoche,
Governor of the Isle of Bourbon, by the grateful writer.
DE BALZAC.



In 1828, at about one o'clock one morning, two persons came out of a
large house in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, near the Elysee-
Bourbon. One was the famous doctor, Horace Bianchon; the other was one
of the most elegant men in Paris, the Baron de Rastignac; they were
friends of long standing. Each had sent away his carriage, and no cab
was to be seen in the street; but the night was fine, and the pavement
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