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Petty Troubles of Married Life

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First by Honore de BalzacThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part FirstAuthor: Honore de BalzacRelease Date: June 28, 2005 [EBook #6033]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MARRIED LIFE ***Produced by Dagny; and John BickersPETTY TROUBLES OF MARRIED LIFEPART FIRSTBYHONORE DE BALZACPREFACEIN WHICH EVERY ONE WILL FIND HIS OWN IMPRESSIONS OF MARRIAGE.A friend, in speaking to you of a young woman, says: "Good family, well bred, pretty, and three hundred thousand inher own right." You have expressed a desire to meet this charming creature.Usually, chance interviews are premeditated. And you speak with this object, who has now become very timid.YOU.—"A delightful evening!"SHE.—"Oh! yes, sir."You are allowed to become the suitor of this young person. THE MOTHER-IN-LAW (to the intended groom).—"You can't imagine how susceptible the dear girl is of attachment." Meanwhile there is a delicate pecuniary question to be discussed by the two families. YOUR FATHER (to the mother-in-law).—"My property is valued at five hundred thousand francs, my dear madame!" YOUR FUTURE MOTHER-IN-LAW.—"And our house, my dear sir, is on ...
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First by Honore de Balzac This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at
Title: Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First Author: Honore de Balzac Release Date: June 28, 2005 [EBook #6033] Language: English
Produced by Dagny; and John Bickers
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Here, as in the Chamber of Deputies, we are compelled to call for a division of the house: 1.—As to your wife. Your wife is to inherit the property of a maternal uncle, a gouty old fellow whom she humors, nurses, caresses, and muffles up; to say nothing of her father's fortune. Caroline has always adored her uncle, —her uncle who trotted her on his knee, her uncle who—her uncle whom—her uncle, in short,—whose property is estimated at two hundred thousand. Further, your wife is well preserved, though her age has been the subject of mature reflection on the part of your son-in-law's grandparents and other ancestors. After many skirmishes between the mothers-in-law, they have at last confided to each other the little secrets peculiar to women of ripe years. "How is it with you, my dear madame?" "I, thank heaven, have passed the period; and you?" "I really hope I have, too!" says your wife. "You can marry Caroline," says Adolphe's mother to your future son-in-law; "Caroline will be the sole heiress of her mother, of her uncle, and her grandfather." 2.—As to yourself. You are also the heir of your maternal grandfather, a good old man whose possessions will surely fall to you, for he has grown imbecile, and is therefore incapable of making a will. You are an amiable man, but you have been very dissipated in your youth. Besides, you are fifty-nine years old, and your head is bald, resembling a bare knee in the middle of a gray wig. III.—A dowry of three hundred thousand. IV.—Caroline's only sister, a little dunce of twelve, a sickly child, who bids fair to fill an early grave. V.—Your own fortune, father-in-law (in certain kinds of society they saypapa father-in-law) yielding an income of twenty thousand, and which will soon be increased by an inheritance. VI.—Your wife's fortune, which will be increased by two inheritances —from her uncle and her grandfather. In all, thus:  Three inheritances and interest, 750,000  Your fortune, 250,000  Your wife's fortune, 250,000                                       __________ Total, 1,250,000 which surely cannot take wing! Such is the autopsy of all those brilliant marriages that conduct their processions of dancers and eaters, in white gloves, flowering at the button-hole, with bouquets of orange flowers, furbelows, veils, coaches and coach-drivers, from the magistrate's to the church, from the church to the banquet, from the banquet to the dance, from the dance to the nuptial chamber, to the music of the orchestra and the accompaniment of the immemorial pleasantries uttered by relics of dandies, for are there not, here and there in society, relics of dandies, as there are relics of English horses? To be sure, and such is the osteology of the most amorous intent. The majority of the relatives have had a word to say about this marriage. Those on the side of the bridegroom: "Adolphe has made a good thing of it." Those on the side of the bride: "Caroline has made a splendid match. Adolphe is an only son, and will have an income of sixty thousand,some day or other!" Some time afterwards, the happy judge, the happy engineer, the happy captain, the happy lawyer, the happy only son of a rich landed proprietor, in short Adolphe, comes to dine with you, accompanied by his family. Your daughter Caroline is exceedingly proud of the somewhat rounded form of her waist. All women display an innocent artfulness, the first time they find themselves facing motherhood. Like a soldier who makes a brilliant toilet for his first battle, they love to play the pale, the suffering; they rise in a certain manner, and walk with the prettiest affectation. While yet flowers, they bear a fruit; they enjoy their maternity by anticipation. All those little ways are exceedingly charming—the
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