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Father Goriot - Honorè de Balzac

Father Goriot - Honorè de Balzac

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Father Goriot
by 
Honoré de Balzac
Translator Ellen Marriage
 A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
 
 Father Goriot 
by Honoré de Balzac, trans. Ellen Marriage
 
is a publication of the PennsylvaniaState University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of anykind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his orher own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor any-one associated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the mate-rial contained within the document or for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.
 Father Goriot 
by Honoré de Balzac, trans. Ellen Marriage
 ,
the Pennsylvania State University,
 Electronic Classics Series
, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18202-1291 is a Portable Docu-ment File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2002 The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
 
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Father Goriot
by 
Honoré de Balzac
Translator Ellen Marriage
To the great and illustrious Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, a tokenof admiration for his works and genius.
De Balzac 
.
M
ME
. V 
 AUQUER 
(
nee 
de Conflans) is an elderly person, whofor the past forty years has kept a lodging-house in the RueNueve-Sainte-Genevieve, in the district that lies between theLatin Quarter and the Faubourg Saint-Marcel. Her house(known in the neighborhood as the
 Maison Vauquer 
) receivesmen and women, old and young, and no word has ever beenbreathed against her respectable establishment; but, at thesame time, it must be said that as a matter of fact no young woman has been under her roof for thirty years, and that if ayoung man stays there for any length of time it is a sure signthat his allowance must be of the slenderest. In 1819, how-ever, the time when this drama opens, there was an almostpenniless young girl among Mme. Vauquer’s boarders.That word drama has been somewhat discredited of late;it has been overworked and twisted to strange uses in thesedays of dolorous literature; but it must do service again here,not because this story is dramatic in the restricted sense of the word, but because some tears may perhaps be shed
intraet extra muros 
before it is over. Will any one without the walls of Paris understand it? It isopen to doubt. The only audience who could appreciate theresults of close observation, the careful reproduction of minute detail and local color, are dwellers between the heightsof Montrouge and Montmartre, in a vale of crumbling stucco watered by streams of black mud, a vale of sorrows which arereal and joys too often hollow; but this audience is so accus-tomed to terrible sensations, that only some unimaginableand well-neigh impossible woe could produce any lasting

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