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The Illustrious Gaudissart - Honore de Balzac

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THE ILLUSTRIOUS GAUDISSART

by HONORE DE BALZAC

Translated By
Katharine Prescott Wormeley

DEDICATION

To Madame la Duchesse de Castries.


THE ILLUSTRIOUS GAUDISSART



CHAPTER I

The commercial traveller, a personage unknown to antiquity, is one of
the striking figures created by the manners and customs of our present
epoch. May he not, in some conceivable order of things, be destined to
mark for coming philosophers the great transition which welds a period
of material enterprise to the period of intellectual strength? Our
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