When there is an old maid in a house, watch-dogs are unnecessary; not the slightest event can occur that she does not see and comment upon and pursue to its utmost consequences. The foregoing trifling circumstance was therefore destined to give rise to grave suppositions, and to open the way for one of those obscure dramas which take place in families, and are none the less terrible because they are secret, --if, indeed, we may apply the word "drama" to such domestic occurrences.
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Review: Pierrette (La Comédie Humaine)User Review - Esteban Gordon - Goodreads
A wonderful portrayal of the despicable lives of two of Balzac's "Celibates." It is also a rare tale in which Balzac adds some real emotional thrust as poor, abused Pierrette's million year old grandma comes to her rescue....sort of. Dig it. Read full review
Review: Pierrette (La Comédie Humaine)User Review - Manny - Goodreads
If you belong to the school of thought which holds that Madame Bovary encourages adultery and Othello domestic violence, then you'll probably decide that this book condones child abuse. Just so that you're warned. Read full review