Ursula by Honoré de Balzac

Ursule Mirouët


Balzac dedicates the book to his niece Sophie, curiously observing that such a pious young girl “must never be suffered to read any book less pure” than she is and that she is “not allowed to see society as it really is.” And yet Balzac is writing his works about society as he sees it: are we in for more restraint in this work? Balzac editor George Saintsbury says Balzac was not afraid to show things “more or less as there are” but there is evidence of restraint and convention in the novel. “Ursule Mirouet” is considered one of Balzac’s better works. Continue reading