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 regime, 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.
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