View Full Version : Short Fiction Balzac, Honoré de: The Ball at Sceaux, v1, IMP, 19 Dec 2007

12-19-2007, 07:30 PM
Honoré de Balzac
The Ball at Sceaux
(Bal de Sceaux)
Translated By Clara Bell

Emilie de Fontaine, the daughter of an impecunious nobleman of the ancien régime, insists on marrying a man who is the son of a peer and not fat. A potential candidate is spotted at the ball at Sceaux. But her snobbishness brings her to grief.
Interesting descriptions of change in a class-stratified society too.

Basically, the plot is the same as Avril Lavigne's popular song, 'Skater Boy' - except set in 1829 (and without skateboards).

This is from a PG textfile, so I've restored italics and accents etc.