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The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan - cover

The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan

Honoré de Balzac

Publisher: Cervantes Digital

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The Princess de Cadignan has the reputation of a coquette. The consequences of the July Revolution and a history of affairs have made the princess retire from the center of society. The house she shares with the Duc Georges de Maufrigneuse, a son, has all of the lovers in portraits. The Marquise, Mme d’Éspard, also a coquette, befriends her. Both easily inspired love from men but long in the autumn of life to feel happiness as well as the trepidation of first love. No one in society would believe that at heart they are complete innocents at love–except a man of genius, who might doubt after the initial rush of fascination. He would succumb to her beauty, feminine gestures, varying intonation, and steadfast adoration, but would require a lifetime of deception to blind him to the truth about her.

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