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The bed lay in disorder that told of broken slumber. The Count looked black; he had grave doubts whether Gobseck would lend very much on the diamonds after such a fall in their value. When we met, you were engaged upon your noble works on German philosophy, and I upon this study. I almost repented a thrust worthy of Gobseck.
Sublime actors such as these play for me, for an audience of one, and they cannot deceive me.
So when we came together, the Countess and I, I understood at once the reason of her antipathy for me, disguised though it was by the most gracious forms of politeness and civility. The sense of coming dissolution pervaded gobseeck the details of an unsightly chaos. I noticed jewel-cases, with ciphers and armorial bearings stamped upon them, and sets of fine table-linen, and weapons of price; but none of the things were docketed. If you had lived as long as I have, you would know that there is glbseck one concrete reality invariable enough to be worth caring about, and that is — GOLD.
I bribed one of the servants in the house — the man undertook to let me know at any hour of the day or night if his master should be at the point of death, so that I could intervene at once, scare the Countess with a threat of affixing seals, and so secure the counter-deed.
She had flung an Indian shawl hastily over her bare shoulders, covering herself with it completely, while it revealed the bare outlines of the form beneath.
The Comte agrees and promises to pay Gobseck for his own diamonds. I snap my fingers at them!
An interesting little story, which indirectly continues the tale started in Father Goriot. I will send you such a lot of work gobsecj this sort that your colleagues will be fit to burst with envy. His obsession is ultimately reductive. Signs of death appeared in things inanimate before the Destroyer came to the body on the bed. I suggest reading a good biography on Balzac himself to gain further insight into how best to understand and appreciate this book and all works by Balzac.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. There is also an argument that he puts a lot of himself into his fictional characters — as do many novelists in their work.
Gobseck by Honoré de Balzac
He seemed to me to be much worse than he at all suspected. Mental suffering was extinguishing all human instincts in this man of scarce fifty years of age, whom all Paris glbseck known as so brilliant and so successful.
I knew the usurer well enough to feel convinced that he would never give up the property to her; there was room for plenty of legal quibbling over a series of transfers, and I alone knew all the ins and outs of the matter. Young Camille de Grandlieu has an enthusiasm for Ernest de Restaud, but her mother thinks he has not enough money to get married.
Finally, the Comte dies. One of us looks out over the judicial world, one over the financial, another surveys the administrative, and yet another the business world. I would sooner cut my hand off than flay people. While the main theme in the story is avarice, there is a thin thread of continuity that touches upon the fate of Goobseck.
The one thing that always balzaf, the one sure instinct that nature has implanted in us, is the instinct of self-interest. It was a great day for me! The doctor was entirely in her interests. He may have been a pirate, may, for anything I know, have been all over the world, trafficking in diamonds, or men, or women, or State secrets; but this I affirm of him — never has human soul been more thoroughly tempered and tried. Open Preview See a Problem? When I paid off my loan, I asked him, with a little circumlocution of course, how it was that he had made me pay such an exorbitant rate of interest; and why, seeing that I was a friend, and bobseck meant to do me a kindness, he should not have yielded to the wish and made it complete.
I know a great many things that can be told now at this distance of time; I will teach you to know men, and what is more — women! When I did business for him later, I came to know that he was about seventy-six years old at the time when we became acquainted.
He was sitting in his armchair, motionless as a statue, staring fixedly at the mantel-shelf, where he seemed to read the figures of his statements.
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Maxime stepped up to her, and, low as he spoke, I could catch the words: Another of my favorites! Gobseck, impassive as ever, had taken up his magnifying glass, and was quietly scrutinizing the jewels. She and her sister Delphine have brought about his financial ruin by the demands they have made on his good nature. It would be the death of me.
I had given him my promise that I would introduce him the next day to our Papa Gobseck. Maxime de Trailles is a brilliant link between the hulks and the best society; he belongs to the eminently intelligent class from which a Mirabeau, or a Pitt, or a Richelieu springs at times, though it is more wont to produce Counts of Horn, Fouquier—Tinvilles, and Coignards.
Following out her train of thought, it was evident that M.