A gripping tale of violent jealousy, sexual passion and treachery, Honoré de Balzac’s Cousin Bette is translated from the French with an. Cousin Bette (Modern Library Classics) [Honoré de Balzac, Kathleen Raine, Francine Prose] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Bette is a. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by Honoré de Balzac. Cousin Betty by Honoré de Balzac. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.
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He spends all his money on her, leaving his wife, Adeline, and daughter, Hortense, to struggle meagerly along.
Bette treats the sculptor maternally but loves him with a jealous affection.
Hortense decides she must meet Steinbock and the two fall in love at first sight. Though Steinbock has little money, Adeline agrees to their marriage, but the engagement is kept from Bette.
Cousin Bette is bitter towards the Baron and his family because they treat her like a servant. Bette introduces Crevel whose mistress Hulot once stole to Madame Marneffe and he becomes a rival lover. Bette also anonymously has Steinbock imprisoned for his unpaid debts.
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bett Meanwhile, Madame Marneffe seduces Steinbock. She then secures her power by telling each of her lovers that he is the father of her unborn child. Hulot reaches the end of the line shortly thereafter, when it is discovered that he has been stealing money from the government.
Madame Marneffe and Crevel also meet miserable ends. Several months later, Adeline discovers her missing husband while on a charity mission. He comes cousim, but soon seduces the maid.
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Adeline then dies, her emotional reserves exhausted. Balzac considered himself a diagnostician of French social life. Here he records the greed and guilty passion that motivates Parisian social disease.
Illness and death in this novel are more a response to social situations than physical malfunctions. Madame Marneffe and Crevel die miserably in what seems divine retribution for their sins. With her dying breath, however, Madame Marneffe still plays the seductress. She plans to seduce God.
Bette is one of several Balzacian characters who revenge themselves on their betters. The novel is meant as a companion piece to Cousin Pons see this database in which a male cousin seeks revenge on his family. Moore, Pamela Coulehan, Jack. Commentary Balzac considered himself a diagnostician of French social life.
Translated by Marion Crawford. Place Published New York.