Illusions Perdues

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Illusions Perdues

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Charlotte Bronte to G. H. Lewes, 17 October 1850: <br/><br/> "Accept my thanks for some hours of pleasant reading. Balzac was for me quite a new author, and in making his acquaintance, through the medium of ""Modeste Mignon"" and ""Illusions Perdues"" — you cannot doubt I have felt some interest. <br/> At first I thought he was going to be painfully minute, and fearfully tedious; one grew impatient of his long parade of detail [...] but by-and-by, I seemed to enter into the mystery of his craft and to discover with delight where his force lay: is it not in the analysis of motive, and in a subtle perception of the most obscure and secret workings of the mind? Still — admire Balzac as we may — I think we do not like him. We rather feel towards him as towards an uncongenial acquaintance who is for ever holding up, in strong light, our defects, and who rarely draws forth our better qualities. <br/> "Truly — I like George Sand better. Fantastic, fanatical, unpractical enthusiast as she often is [...] George Sand has a better nature than M. Balzac — her brain is larger — her heart warmer than his. The ""Lettres d"un Voyageur"" are full of the writer"s self, and I never felt so strongly as in the perusal of this work — that most of her very faults spring from the excess of her good qualities [...] her mind is of that order which disastrous experience teaches without weakening or too much disheartening".

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Source eds note that in letter to George Smith of 7 February 1853, Bronte 'states that she has not read the works of Balzac' (see p.172 n.1).

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Illusions Perdues

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Source eds note that in letter to George Smith of 7 February 1853, Bronte 'states that she has not read the works of Balzac' (see p.172 n.1).

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http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/90892
Accessed on 2020/04/07 16:25:02

Related place
England
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Bront&euml;, Charlotte
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The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence
Related place
England
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"Accept my thanks for some hours of pleasant reading. Balzac was for me quite a new author, 
and in making his acquaintance, through the medium of ""Modeste Mignon"" and ""Illusions 
Perdues"" — you cannot doubt I have felt some interest.
&lt;br/&gt;
At first I thought he was going to be painfully minute, and fearfully tedious; one grew 
impatient of his long parade of detail [...] but by-and-by, I seemed to enter into the mystery 
of his craft and to discover with delight where his force lay: is it not in the analysis of motive, 
and in a subtle perception of the most obscure and secret workings of the mind? Still — 
admire Balzac as we may — I think we do not like him. We rather feel towards him as 
towards an uncongenial acquaintance who is for ever holding up, in strong light, our defects, 
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&lt;br/&gt;
"Truly — I like George Sand better. Fantastic, fanatical, unpractical enthusiast as she often is 
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than his. The ""Lettres d"un Voyageur"" are full of the writer"s self, and I never felt so strongly 
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