Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées
Letters of Two Brides
Also translated as Memoirs of Two Young Married Women
Letters of Two Brides is longer than most of Balzac’s stories in La Comedie Humaine and quite intriguing. It’s written entirely as letters, mostly between Renee and her friend Louise, and it contrasts Renee’s rather prosaic marriage and her love of her children with Louise’s two marriages, both based on extraordinary passion. There’s a rather melodramatic ending, but still, it’s a satisfying story and one that’s a good introduction to Balzac.