The Novels of Balzac, Volume 32

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Gebbie Publishing Company, Limited, 1900

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Page 276 - I will not have you make restitution because I desire it. Consult your conscience. This is an act of justice, and must not be done as a sacrifice to love. I am your wife, and not your mistress ; the point is not to please me, but to inspire me with the highest esteem. If I have misunderstood, if you have not clearly explained your father's action, in short, if you can regard your fortune as legitimately acquired — and how gladly would I persuade myself that you deserve no blame — decide as the...

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