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Excerpt from Droll Stories (Contes Drolatiques), Vol. 2: With Sarrasine, EtcThe second volume of the Contes Drolatiques opens with the far-famed Succubus, which, perhaps more than anything else written by Balzac, brought down upon him theMoreExcerpt from Droll Stories (Contes Drolatiques), Vol. 2: With Sarrasine, EtcThe second volume of the Contes Drolatiques opens with the far-famed Succubus, which, perhaps more than anything else written by Balzac, brought down upon him the malediction of the church. It is taken as being a faithful painting of the methods of the inquisition. The naivete of the manner of arranging the indictment and making the victim duly and legally amenable to the decrees of the spiritual court is excellently done.The prologues and epilogues which follow the Droll Stories in this volume formed originally the prefaces and conclusions of the three series of ten stories each- they are here arranged in the order in which they were written.The remainder of the volume contains scenes properly belonging to the Comedie: Sarrasine and La Fille aux yeux dor - the latter being the third story in the Histoire des Treize - The Thirteen - being in Scenes from Parisian Life- while Une Passion dans le desert is in Scenes from Military Life- which consists of but two, that one and Les Chouans. This is the first appearance of these stories in an English dress- for, although numbers of A Passion in the Desert have been offered, they have either been mutilated by expurgation or rendered unduly morbid by adding to the words of the author.Sarrasine is probably one of Balzacs strongest short stories, and is terse, bright, and incisive in style. It touches on a custom at one time far more general than is usually supposed.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.