Story Index

Complete list of  summaries and reviews of stories  from La Comedie Humaine, by members of the Yahoo Balzac reading group. These titles are listed in alphabetical order by their English title, with the original French title in brackets, and cross-referenced when the title is translated in different ways.

If a story has a link, it has a summary.  Additional summaries or review/s are also noted.

About Catherine de’ Medici: The Ruggieri’s Secret (Sur Catherine de Médicis: La Confidence des Ruggieri)

About Catherine de’ Medici: The Two Dreams (Sur Catherine de Médicis: Les Deux Rêves)

About Catherine de’ Medici: The Calvinist Martyr (Sur Catherine de Médicis: Le Martyr Calviniste)

Adieu: See Farewell, below

Albert Savarus

The Alkahest/ The Quest for the Absolute (La recherche de l’Absolu)

Another Study of Woman (Autre Ètude de femme)

At the Sign of the Cat and Racquet(Racket)/ Fame and Sorrow (La Maison du Chat-qui Pelote)

The Atheist’s Mass (La Messe de l’Athée)

A Bachelor’s Establishment/The Two Brothers/ The Black Sheep (Le Célibataires: Un Ménage de garçon): See The Celibates: A Bachelor’s Establishment, below

The Ball at Sceaux (Le Bal de Sceaux)

Béatrix

The Black Sheep/ A Bachelor’s Establishment/The Two Brothers  (Le Célibataires: Un Ménage de garçon) See The Celibates: A Bachelor’s Establishment, below

The Brotherhood of Consolation: The Initiate (L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: L’Initié), See The Seamy Side of History, below

The Brotherhood of Consolation: Madame de la Chanterie (L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: Madame de la Chanterie): See The Seamy Side of History, below

Bureaucracy (Les Employés)

The Cabinet of Antiquities/ The Collection of the Antiquities (Les Rivalités: Le Cabinet des Antiques): See The Jealousies of a Country Town II, below

The Calvinist Martyr (Sur Catherine de Médicis: Le Martyr Calviniste): See About Catherine de Medici, above

Cesar Birotteau/ The Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau (Grandeur et Décadence de César Birotteau)

The Celibates: A Bachelor’s Establishment/The Black Sheep/ The Two Brothers (Le Célibataires: Un Ménage de garçon)

The Celibates: The Black Sheep (Le Célibataires: Un Ménage de garçon), See The Celibates: A Bachelor’s Establishment, above

The Celibates: The Two Brothers (Un Ménage de garçon), See The Celibates: A Bachelor’s Establishment, above

The Celibates: The Vicar of Tours (Le Célibataires: Le Curé de Tours)

The Chouans (Les Chouans)

Christ in Flanders (Jésus-Christ en Flandre)

The Collection of Antiquities/ The Cabinet of the Antiquities (Les Rivalités: Le Cabinet des Antiques)  See The Jealousies of a Country Town II, below

Colonel Chabert (Le Colonel Chabert)

Comedians Without Knowing It (Les Comédiens sans le savoir): See The Unconscious Comedians, below

The Commission in Lunacy/ The Interdiction (L’Interdiction)

The Conscript/ The Recruit (Le Réquisitionnaire)

The Country Doctor (Le Médecin de Campagne)

The Country Parson/ The Village Rector (Le Curé de Village)

Cousin Betty (Les Parents pauvres: La Cousine Bette): See Poor Relations below

Cousin Pons (Les Parents pauvres: Le Cousin Pons): See Poor Relations below

A Dark Affair/ The Gondreville Mystery/ An Historical Mystery/ A Murky Business/ A Shady Business (Une Ténébreuse Affaire): See The Gondreville Mystery, below

A Daughter of Eve (Une Fille d’Ève)

The Deputy of Arcis (Le Député d’Arcis)

The Deserted Woman (La Femme Abandonnée)

A Distinguished Provincial at Paris (Illusions Perdues: Un Grand homme de province à Paris): See Lost Illusions, below

Domestic Peace (La paix du Ménage)

A Double Family / A Double Life/ A Second Home (Une Double Famille)

A Drama on the Seashore (Un drame au bord de la Mer)

The Duchess of Langeais (Histoire des Treize: La Duchesse de Langeais) (The Thirteen): See The Thirteen: The Duchess of Langeais, below

The Elixir of Life (L’Élixir de longue Vie)

The End of Evil Ways (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Ou mènent les mauvais Chemins): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, below

An Episode Under the Terror (Un Episode sous la Terreur)

Esther Happy (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Esther heureuse): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, below

Eugénie Grandet

Eve and David (Lost Illusions) (Illusions Perdues: Eve and David): See Lost Illusions, below

The Executioner (El Verdugo)

The Exiles (Les Proscrits)

Facino Cane

The False Mistress/  The Imaginary Mistress  (La Fausse Maîtresse)

Fame and Sorrow/At the Sign of the Cat and Racquet(Racket), (La Maison du Chat-qui Pelote): See At the Sign of the Cat and Racquet/ Racket, above

Farewell (Adieu)

Father Goriot (Le Père Goriot),

Ferragus (The Thirteen) (Histoire des Treize: Ferragus): See The Thirteen: Ferragus, below

The Firm of Nucingen (La Maison Nucingen)

Gambara

Gaudissart the Great/The Illustrious Gaudissart (Les Parisiens en province: L’Illustre Gaudissart): See Parisians in the Country: Gaudissart the Great

Gaudissart II:  See Parisians in the Country: The Illustrious Gaudissart

The Girl with the Golden Eyes (Histoire des Treize: La fille aux Yeux d’Or): See The Thirteen: The Girl with the Golden Eyes, below

Gobseck

The Gondreville Mystery/ A Dark Affair/ An Historical Mystery/ A Murky Business/ A Shady Business (Une Ténébreuse Affaire)

The Government Clerks (Les Employés)

La Grande Brêteche

A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris (Lost Illusions) (Illusions Perdues: Un Grand homme de province à Paris): See Lost Illusions, below

La Grenadière

A Harlot High and Low (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, below

The Hated Son (L’Enfant Maudit)

The Hidden Masterpiece/ The Unknown Masterpiece (Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu)

An Historical Mystery The Gondreville Mystery/ A Dark Affair/ A Murky Business/ A Shady Business(Une Ténébreuse Affaire). See The Gondreville Mystery, above

The History of the Thirteen: See The Thirteen, below

Honorine

The House of Nucingen (La Maison Nucingen)

The House of the Tennis-playing Cat/ (At the Sign of the Cat and Racquet (Racket), (La Maison du Chat-qui Pelote): See At the Sign of the Cat and Racquet/Racket, above

How Girls Love (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Esther heureuse): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, below

The Illustrious Gaudissart (The Great Gaudissart) Les Parisiens en province: L’Illustre Gaudissart): See Parisians in the Country, below

The Imaginary Mistress (La Fausse Maîtresse): See The False Mistress, above

The Initiate (L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: Le L’Initié): See the Seamy Side of History, below

The Interdiction (The Commission in Lunacy) (L’Interdiction): See The Commission in Lunacy, above

The Jealousies of a Country Town I: The Old Maid  (Les Rivalités: La Vieille Fille)

The Jealousies of a Country Town II: The Collection of Antiquities/ The Cabinet of the Antiquities (Les Rivalités: Le Cabinet des Antiques)

Juana (Les Marana)

The Last Incarnation of Vautrin (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Le derniere incarnation de Vautrin): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, below

The Lesser Bourgeoisie ((The Middle Classes) Les Petits Bourgeois)

Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées)

The Lily of the Valley (Le Lys dans la Vallée)

Lost Illusions I: Two Poets (Illusions Perdues: Les Deux Poètes)

Lost Illusions II: A Distinguished Provincial at Paris / A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris (Illusions Perdues: Un Grand homme de province à Paris)

Lost Illusions III: Eve and David / The Trials of the Inventor (Illusions Perdues: Ève et David)

Louis Lambert

Madame de la Chanterie (L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: Madame de la Chanterie)

Madame Firmiani

The Magic Skin/ The Wild Ass’s Skin/ The Skin of the Ass (La Peau de Chagrin)

Maître Cornélius

A Man of Business (Un Homme d’Affaires)

The Maranas (Les Marana): See Juana, above

A Marriage Contract / A Marriage Settlement (Le Contrat de Mariage)

Massimilla Doni

Melmoth Reconciled (Melmoth réconcilié)

The Member for Arcis (Le Député d’Arcis)

Memoirs of Two Young Married Women (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées)

The Message (Le Message)

The Middle Classes (Les Petits Bourgeois): see The Lesser Bourgeoisie above

Modeste Mignon

Murky Business/ An Historical Mystery The Gondreville Mystery/ A Dark Affair/  A Shady Business(Une Ténébreuse Affaire). See The Gondreville Mystery, above

The Muse of the Department (Les Parisiens en province: La Muse du département): see Les Parisiens en province below.

Nucingen & Co, Bankers (La Maison Nucingen): See The House of Nucingen above

Old Goriot (Le Père Goriot): See Father Goriot above.

The Old Maid (Les Rivalités: La Vieille Fille): See Jealousies of a Country Town I, above

Parisians in the Country: Gaudissart the Great (Les Parisiens en province: L’Illustre Gaudissart)

Parisians in the Country: The Muse of the Department (Les Parisiens en province: La Muse du département)

Parisians in the Country: The Illustrious Gaudissart (Les Parisiens en province: L’Illustre Gaudissart)

A Passion in the Desert (Une Passion dans le désert)

Paz (La Fausse Maîtresse): See The False Mistress, above

The Peace of the Home (La Paix du Ménage): See Domestic Peace, above

The Peasantry/Sons of the Soil (Les Paysans)

Pere Goriot (Le Père Goriot): See Father Goriot, above

Petty Troubles of Married Life (Petites Misères de la Vie Conjugale)

The Physiology of Marriage (Physiologie du Mariage)

Pierre Grassou

Pierrette

Poor Relations: Cousin Betty (Les Parents pauvres: La Cousine Bette)

Poor Relations: Cousin Pons (Les Parents pauvres: Le Cousin Pons)

A Prince of Bohemia (Un Prince de la Bohème)

The Purse (La Bourse)

The Quest for the Absolute (La Recherche de l’Absolu): see The Alkahest, above

La Rabouilleuse (Le Célibataires: Un Ménage de garçon): See The Celibates, above

The Recruit/The Conscript: (Le Réquisitionnaire), see The Conscript above

The Red Inn (L’Auberge Rouge)

The Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau (Grandeur et Décadence de César Birotteau): See Cesar Birotteau, above

The Ruggieri’s Secret (Sur Catherine de Médicis: La Confidence des Ruggieri): See About Catherine de Medici, above

Sarrasine

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life/ Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans – Parts I-IV Complete (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes)

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life/ Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans I: Esther Happy / How Girls Love (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Esther heureuse)

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life/ Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans I: How Girls Love / Esther Happy (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Esther heureuse): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life: Esther Happy, above

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life/ Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans II: What Love Costs an Old Man (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: A Combien l’amour revient aux Viellards)

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life/ Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans III: The End of Evil Ways (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Ou mènent les mauvais Chemins)

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life/ Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans IV: The Last Incarnation of Vautrin/Vautrin’s Last Avatar (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Le derniere incarnation de Vautrin)

The Seamy Side of History/ The Brotherhood of Consolation: The Initiated (L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: L’Initié)

The Seamy Side of History/ The Brotherhood of Consolation: Madame de la Chanterie (L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: Madame de la Chanterie)

A Seaside Tragedy (Un drame au bord de la Mer): See A Drama on the Seashore, above

A Second Home (Une Double Famille): See A Double Life, above

The Secrets of a Princess/ The Secrets of the Princess Cadignan (Les Secrets de la Princesse de Cadignan)

Séraphîta

A Shady Business/ Murky Business/ An Historical Mystery The Gondreville Mystery/ A Dark Affair (Une Ténébreuse Affaire). See The Gondreville Mystery, above

The Skin of the Ass (La Peau de Chagrin): See The Magic Skin, above

The Sons of the Soil (Les Paysans): See The Peasantry, above

Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life Parts I-IV , above

A Start in Life (Un Début dans la vie)

Study of Woman (Étude de femme)

The Thirteen: Ferragus (Histoire des Treize: Ferragus)

The Thirteen: The Duchess of Langeais (Histoire des Treize: La Duchesse de Langeais)

The Thirteen: The Girl with the Golden Eyes (Histoire des Treize: La fille aux Yeux d’Or)

The Trials of the Inventor (Lost Illusions) Illusions Perdues: Eve and David): See Lost Illusions, above

The Two Brothers/ The Black Sheep/ A Bachelor’s Establishment (Le Célibataires: Un Ménage de garçon): See The Celibates, above

The Two Dreams (Sur Catherine de Médicis: Les Deux Rêves): See About Catherine de Medici, above

The Two Poets (Illusions Perdues: Les Deux Poètes): See Lost Illusions, above

The Unconscious Comedians/ The Unconscious Humorists/ The Unconscious Mummers / The Unwitting Play-actors (Les Comédiens sans le savoir)

The Unconscious Humorists (Les Comédiens sans le savoir): See The Unconscious Comedians, above

The Unconscious Mummers (Les Comédiens sans le savoir): See The Unconscious Comedians, above

The Unknown Masterpiece (Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu): See The Hidden Masterpiece, above

The Unwitting Play-Actors (Les Comédiens sans le savoir): See The Unconscious Comedians, above

Ursula (Ursule Mirouët)

Vautrin’s Last Avatar (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: Le derniere incarnation de Vautrin): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, above

The Vendetta (La Vendetta)

The Vicar of Tours (Le Célibataires: Le Curé de Tours)  See The Celibates: The Vicar of Tours, above

The Village Rector (Le Curé de Village): see The Country Parson, above

What Love Costs an Old Man (Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes: A Combien l’amour revient aux Viellards): See Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life, above

The Wild Ass’s Skin (La Peau de Chagrin): See The Magic Skin above

A Woman of Thirty (La Femme de Trente Ans)

The Wrong Side of Paris (See The Seamy Side of History, above)

Z. Marcas

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