The Country Doctor

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A.L. Burt, 1895 - Napoleonic Wars - 287 pages
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..."this life of obscure renunciation",, 29 March 2015 This review is from: The Country Doctor (Kindle Edition) Somewhere between *3 and *4 for this rather untypical Balzac novel (at least for the ... Read full review

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This novel is one of Balzac's best "Scenes from Country Life"--part of his great Human Comedy. Dr. Benassis is the hero of the tale, a rural doctor who treats the wounds of a Bonapartist soldier named ... Read full review

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Page 95 - I only did my duty, sir," he said, with his head bent down ; "but others have not done their duty by me. They asked for my papers ! Why, the Twenty-ninth Bulletin, I told them, must do instead of my papers !" "But you must make another application, comrade. You are bound to have justice done you in these days, if influence is brought to bear in the right quarter.
Page 23 - At the sight of the deep, circular folds of skin on the forehead, the sodden, fish-like eyes, and the head, with its short, coarse, scantily-growing hair — a head utterly divested of all the faculties of the senses — who would not have experienced, as Genestas did, an instinctive feeling of repulsion for a being that had neither the physical beauty of an animal nor the mental endowments of man, who was possessed of neither instinct nor reason, and who had never heard nor spoken any kind of articulate...
Page 65 - The first speaker can talk of this earth, the scene of the peasant's labours, while the priest is bound to talk to him of heaven, with which, unfortunately, the peasant nowadays concerns himself very little indeed. I say unfortunately, because the doctrine of a future life is not only a consolation but a means by which men may be governed. Is not religion the one power that sanctions social laws? We have but lately vindicated the existence of God. In the absence of a religion, the Government was...

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