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By Honoré de Balzac, Marion Crawford

Cousin Bette used to be Balzac's final nice novel, and in it he explores strength, lust, deception, and revenge. The characters are complicated and vividly drawn. Cousin Bette is a lady of breath-taking malice. She plans and executes a diabolic plot of revenge opposed to her circle of relatives for slights extra imagined than genuine, destroying herself within the technique.

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Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Introduction Dedication I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII Selected Bibliography Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) lived a life that was as fantastic as any of his fiction. His aristocratic parents were ardent Polish patriots who died as a result of their revolutionary activities when he was a child. Conrad went to sea at sixteen, taught himself English, and gradually worked his way up until he passed his master’s examination and was given command of merchant ships in Asia and on the Congo River.

Verloc, steady like a rock—a soft kind of rock—marched now along a street which could with every propriety be described as private. In its breadth, emptiness, and extent it had the majesty of inorganic nature, of matter that never dies. The only reminder of mortality was a doctor’s brougham arrested in august solitude close to the curbstone. The polished knockers of the doors gleamed as far as the eye could reach, the clean windows shone with a dark opaque lustre. And all was still. But a milk cart rattled noisily across the distant perspective; a butcher boy, driving with the noble recklessness of a charioteer at Olympic Games, dashed round the corner sitting high above a pair of red wheels.

The polished knockers of the doors gleamed as far as the eye could reach, the clean windows shone with a dark opaque lustre. And all was still. But a milk cart rattled noisily across the distant perspective; a butcher boy, driving with the noble recklessness of a charioteer at Olympic Games, dashed round the corner sitting high above a pair of red wheels. A guilty-looking cat issuing from under the stones ran for a while in front of Mr. Verloc, then dived into another basement; and a thick police constable, looking a stranger to every emotion, as if he, too, were part of inorganic nature, surging apparently out of a lamp-post, took not the slightest notice of Mr.

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