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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: No, gobsrck no one in Paris but Gobseck can appreciate them. I am an attorney, and I owe it to myself, and still more to my professional position, to declare that the diamonds of which you speak were purchased by M. He is willing to sell it for a hundred and fifty thousand francs.

As for his gold and other material assets, he has absolutely no one — no friends, neighbours, or relations — to whom he can bequeath them. Maggots and insects swarmed. He put down his playthings on his bureau, took his seat, and was a money-lender once more — hard, cold, and polished as a marble column.

As soon as he became so ill that he gobsrck obliged to take to his bed, he manifested his aversion for the Countess and the two youngest children. If we could picture the thoughts of those who stand about a deathbed, what fearful sights should we not see?

He will hardly allow his doctor to come, bzlzac will not be nursed even by me. Everything was as neat as a new ducat. And then I think of the grotesque information he gave me as to the present address of his heiress, I foresee that it will be my duty to search all the houses of ill-fame in Paris to pour out an immense fortune on some worthless jade.

Following the example of Fontenelle, he was thrifty of pulse-strokes, and concentrated all human sensibility in the innermost sanctuary of Self. In the course of the story, we learn that Gobseck has a soft spot in his flinty heart for Derville and the Comte de Restaud, and works to guarantee that the spendthrift wife does not get her hand on the assets, which include a fortune in rare Asian diamonds she had to offer in pawn to Gobseck in exchange for a paltry 50, francs.


The Comte agrees and promises to pay Gobseck for his own diamonds. He claims to have security. Success is not worth cringing for; let us show him a front as decided as his own.

Gobseck by Honoré de Balzac

Her tired face was an epitome of the room strewn with relics of past festival. Then, have a friend — if you can find one — and make over your property to him by a fictitious sale. But his explanation involves the potted life history of Gobseck, plus his complex financial dealings with the Restaud family.

Say that he is expected back at the end of the week. It is certainly true that Balzac intrudes his own political and religious beliefs, his opinions and manifestos on taste with prodigious vitality throughout his fictional work There is also an argument that he puts a lot of himself into his fictional characters — as do many novelists in their work.

I ought to begin at the beginning by telling you about some one whom it is impossible that you should have known. I suggest reading a good biography on Balzac himself to gain further insight into how best to understand and appreciate this book and all works by Balzac. Oh, and Derville must show the old man his birth certificate. I looked steadily at the Countess with the pitiless clear-sightedness of an examining magistrate confronting a guilty creature.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I am rich enough to buy the consciences of those who control the action of ministers, from their office boys to their mistresses. He drew a pair of pistols out of a pigeon-hole, remarking coolly: One of her uncles, a well-to-do farmer, died and left her seventy thousand francs, which helped to clear off the loan.


The novel didn’t leave much to say, as it did not rise deep feelings. He knows that she brought the moneylender the family diamonds.

And Gobseck in turn chimes in with a bbalzac He looked like some religious fanatic in the desert. What do you think of his probity?

Learn how your comment data is processed. The doctor balzca entirely in her interests. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human.

As her husband the Count begins to show too much interest in the dealings of his wife with such a shady character, Anastasie surreptitiously hands Gobseck a diamond worth twelve hundred francs.

Not to the crown; I have left a will, look for it, Grotius.

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But now the new Brazilian diamonds have become a glut on the market, though they are no wise as good as the Asian gems which the Comtesse has brought him.

The broad gobseeck streaming in through the short curtains against the window pane fell with softened light on her girlish face. There was a clear light burning in them that disconcerted me.

It is true that he always found that it turned out very well. He had dragged himself out of bed, but his strength had failed him, and he could neither go back nor find the voice to complain.

There was an indefinable atmosphere of goodness about her; I felt as if I were breathing sincerity and frank innocence.