Honoré de Balzac
An Episode Under the Terror
(Un Épisode sous la Terreur)
Translated by Clara Bell and others
A short story of about 6,700 words; set in Paris in 1793.
A mysterious stranger seeks out the surviving members of a religious community, hiding in Paris, and asks them to celebrate a requiem mass for the repose of the soul of the executed king, Louis XVI. But who is he, and what are his motives?
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