Gobseck Here we have perhaps Balzac’s best short work, named simply (after the title character) Gobseck. The story begins as a flashback. Jean-Esther van Gobseck is an amazing Scrooge-like character who has reduced his entire life to the acquisition of wealth Honore de Balzac. Complete summary of Honoré Balzac’s Gobseck. of , two persons not members of the Vicomtesse de Grandlieu’s family were still in her salon.

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He warns Derville that he often makes between fifty percent and five hundred percent on his loans, which makes the lawyer turn pale. Let him set sail on the seas of Paris; when he is a qualified pilot, we will give him a ship to steer. She looked like a spirit of solitude. He looked balzav some religious fanatic in the desert. Trouble had withered that face already. In spite of the exorbitant rate of interest, I paid off Gobseck in less than five years.

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What is life but a honoge set in motion by money? You will have your affairs to attend to, and I have mine. As I took my leave of her, I caught a gleam of hate and rage in her eyes that made me shudder. An ambitious idea, and an indefinable glimmer of hope, put heart into me.

So dare I beg of you to keep it for me? So when we came together, the Countess and I, I understood at once the reason of her antipathy for me, disguised though it was by the most gracious forms of politeness and civility. None but the dupes, who fondly imagine that they are useful to their like, can interest themselves in laying down rules for political guidance amid events which neither they nor any one else foresees, nor ever will foresee. His face lighted up with a gleam of almost savage joy; he called to a little boy who was passing, and gave him his horse to hold.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Money is always the motive-spring of the schemes elaborated, of all the plans that are made and the plots that are woven about it! He put down his playthings on his bureau, took his seat, and was a money-lender once more — hard, cold, and polished as a marble column. Oh, and Derville must show the old man his birth certificate. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I also liked the last conversation between Gobseck and Derville- it showed that Gobseck is not as bad a man.


If I were to die and leave a family behind me, he would be the guardian whom I should appoint. The agency was a sort of distillery, in which money was extracted from doubtful claims, and the claims of those who knew no better, or had no confidence in the government. Hitherto, although she knew well that her family lay under great obligations to Derville, she had felt respect rather than real friendship for him, their relation was more a matter of politeness than of warmth of feeling; and by her manner, and by the tones of her voice, she had always made him sensible of the distance which socially lay between them.

Fanny in the Rue Montmartre, climbed a very steep, narrow staircase, and reached a two-roomed dwelling on the fifth floor. It was a great day for me!

Gobseck by Honoré de Balzac

Perhaps, too, you would rather save your fortune, and keep it for one or two of your children? To sum up, the world is mine without effort of mine, and the world has not the slightest hold on me. Gobseck was the insatiable boa constrictor of the great business. La Comedie Humaine From onward Balzac conceived of his novels as free-standing but interlocking elements in a huge study of French society to which he gave the general title of La Comedie Humaine.

If there was no fire on the hearth, there was at any rate a monstrous heap of ashes. A worthy soul of a father drowned himself because he could not support his family.

I draw my revenues from London, and Carlsbad and Baden and Bath. The pair of us are like soul and body. So you will have two practices — the one you are buying, and the other I will build up for you.

If your father were well, the division between us would soon be over; he would listen to me; he is loving and kind; he would see his mistake. In case of death, Gobseck would make you legatee of my property. He is a judge of horses, hats, and pictures. Every contingency is provided for.


In his opinion, money is a commodity which you may sell cheap or dear, according to circumstances, with a clear conscience. Say that he is expected back at the end of the week. He claims to have security. I deserved it; what call was there for me to trust her? I have no one but you to trust to in the draft of the counter-deed, which will declare that this transfer is a simulated sale, and that Gobseck as trustee will administer my estate as he knows how to administerand undertakes to make over my fortune to my eldest son when he comes of age.

Later, we hear that he has decamped to England under pressure from his French moneylenders. The first step to my door means that a man is desperately hard up; that the news of his failure will soon come out: He also believed that all the peoples of the world were really very much alike because money was the greatest common denominator.

Well, gold contains all things in embryo; gold realizes all things for us. Listen, child, and if you have any confidence in my love, let me guide you in life.

Your email address will not be published. Gratitude is a charge upon the inheritance which the second generation is apt to repudiate. Doubtless his capital was safely stowed in the strong rooms of the Bank.

Yes, and I have not kept my word under circumstances which speak louder than all precepts. If you do not carry out my orders, I shall get up and go myself.

Was he rich or poor? Werbrust, Palma, and Gigonnet, my cronies, shall hand over their expropriations to you; they have plenty of them, the Lord knows!

Camille, and pressed him to carry out his contract, since that young Restaud is just of age.