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Eve and David - Honore de Balzac

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EVE AND DAVID

by HONORE DE BALZAC

Translated By
Ellen Marriage

PREPARER'S NOTE

Eve and David is part three of a trilogy. Eve and David's story
begins in part one, Two Poets. Part one also introduces Eve's
brother, Lucien. Part two, A Distinguished Provincial at Paris,
centers on Lucien's life in Paris. For part 3 the action once more
returns to Eve and David in Angouleme. In many references parts 1
and 3 are combined under the title Lost Illusions.

EVE AND DAVID

Lucien had gone to Paris; and David Sechard, with the courage and
intelligence of the ox which painters give the Evangelist for
accompanying symbol, set himself to make the large fortune for which
he had wished that evening down by the Charente, when he sat with Eve
by the weir, and she gave him her hand and her heart. He wanted to
make the money quickly, and less for himself than for Eve's sake and
Lucien's. He would place his wife amid the elegant and comfortable
surroundings that were hers by right, and his strong arm should
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