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La Grande Breteche Summary
Honoré de Balzac

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Introduction

Originally published in France in 1842, "La Grande Bretèche" is set in 1830 and describes events that happened in the year 1815 to 1816. This was a turbulent period in France. After the Revolution in 1789, the bourgeoisie, or middle class, struggled to consolidate its power and to retain the political and economic victories it had won over the nobility and the church. By the time of the events of the story, the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte had come and gone, but the old class divisions remained beneath the surface of a new, freer, France.

A member of this new business class himself, Balzac has been praised for his keen insight into the daily lives and inner thoughts of characters not traditionally thought worthy of literary fiction. In "La Grande Bretèche," Balzac's alter ego is the physician Dr. Bianchon. His worldly tone is perfectly suited to Balzac's purposes, and as...

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