The Seamy Side of History: Initiated by Honoré de Balzac

L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: L’Initié
The Seamy Side of History: Initiated
Also translated as The Brotherhood of Consolation: The Initiate
Also translated as The Wrong Side of Paris

 

Monsieur Alain tells Godefroid that Madame de la Chanterie and the four gentlemen held a conference and Godefroid is accepted as an Initiate with Alain as his instructor and guide. Monsieur Alain adds that he will have to move out as he will be doing work in a factory, but that Godefroid can see him at the Hotel de la Chanterie on Sundays and holidays or at the seven-thirty mass at a particular church. Should they encounter each other elsewhere, Godefroid must pretend he doesn’t know him unless given a signal otherwise. The same non-recognition goes for all members of the household. Continue reading

The Seamy Side of History: Madame de la Chanterie by Honoré de Balzac

L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine: Madame de la Chanterie
The Seamy Side of History: Madame de la Chanterie
Also translated as The Brotherhood of Consolation: Madame de la Chanterie
Also translated as The Wrong Side of Paris

 

Madame de la Chanterie: The household and boarders/associates:
  Godefroid
  Madame de la Chanterie
  Manon Godard – Maid/serving-woman
  Abbe de Veze – performs early mass at Notre-Dame
  Monseiur Alain – middle-class Paris citizen
  Monsieur Nicolas – retired Colonel of the Gendarmerie (Marquis de Montauran, younger brother of Alphonse de Montauran, the commander of the Chouans who married Marie de Verneuil just before they were executed)
  Monsieur Joseph – formerly Councillor to the Bench of the King’s Court in Paris (Lecamus, Baron de Tresnes)

 
One evening in September, 1836, Godefroid is leaning over the parapet, lost in contemplation. He overhears a conversation Continue reading