Colonel Chabert by Balzac

Colonel Chabert


Group read at the 19th Century Literature group April 24, 2016 – May 5, 2016.

All are welcome to join us!


Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac

Le Colonel Chabert
Colonel Chabert

The novel opens with a humorous scene set in the office of Paris attorney Derville. The clerks are on a break which consists of eating a snack and throwing bread spitballs. Simonnin, an errand boy is described as a street urchin–and they are different in Paris than anywhere else on earth–ruthless, headstrong, impudent and lazy, yet helping to support his mother on his earnings of thirty or forty francs a month. He is making fun of a stranger he calls Old Greatcoat. It is Colonel Chabert. Godeschal wants to play a trick on the stranger whose knock is answered in unison by the five young clerks. Continue reading