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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First
by Honore de Balzac
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Title: Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First
Author: Honore de Balzac
Release Date: June 28, 2005 [EBook #6033]
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*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MARRIED LIFE ***
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PETTY TROUBLES OF MARRIED LIFE
HONORE DE BALZAC
IN WHICH EVERY ONE WILL FIND HIS OWN IMPRESSIONS OF MARRIAGE.
A friend, in speaking to you of a young woman, says: "Good family,
well bred, pretty, and three hundred thousand in her own right."
You have expressed a desire to meet this charming creature.
Usually, chance interviews are premeditated. And you speak with
this object, who has now become very timid.
YOU.--"A delightful evening!"
SHE.--"Oh! yes, sir."
You are allowed to become the suitor of this young person.
THE MOTHER-IN-LAW (to the intended groom).--"You can't imagine how
susceptible the dear girl is of attachment."
Meanwhile there is a delicate pecuniary question to be discussed
by the two families.
YOUR FATHER (to the mother-in-law).--"My property is valued at
five hundred thousand francs, my dear madame!"
YOUR FUTURE MOTHER-IN-LAW.--"And our house, my dear sir, is on a
A contract follows, drawn up by two hideous notaries, a small one,
and a big one.
Then the two families judge it necessary to convoy you to the
civil magistrate's and to the church, before conducting the bride
to her chamber.
Then what? . . . . . Why, then come a crowd of petty unforeseen
troubles, like the following: