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The Muse of the Department

Honoré de Balzac

Publisher: Cervantes Digital

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Summary

The tale is set along Balzac’s beloved Loire Valley, at the wine-growing town of Sancerre. A weakling who was not expected to live, Monsieur de la Baudraye, has wed a talented young beauty, Dinah Piedefer, thirty years his junior, from a Calvinist family that had converted to Catholicism.

De la Baudraye is a spider of a man of the type whom one encounters in the provinces, full of a kind of strongly directed miserliness and love of purchasing adjoining estates (reminding me of Grandet in Eugenie Grandet).

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