Lost Illusions: Eve and David by Honoré de Balzac

Illusions Perdue: Eve et David
Lost Illusions: Eve and David
Also translated as The Trials of the Inventor


The grimness continues unabated from The Two Poets: In fact, it spreads.

Lucien is using cheap transportation to work his way back to Angoulême to escape the ruins of his career and his hopes in Paris. He sleeps on the straw in local stables to avoid having to pay for a room. At one point, he jumps up on the back of a carriage to “hitch” a ride to his next destination. Much to his surprise, the occupants of the carriage are his old enemies Count [yes, now he’s legit] Sixte du Châtelet and his wife, Louis de Negrèpelisse [formerly Bargeton]. Continue reading