By Honoré de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac - Cousin Pons
Poor relatives sequence, half 2
Mild, innocuous and unpleasant to behold, the impoverished Pons is an growing old musician whose short repute has fallen to not anything. dwelling a placid Parisian existence as a bachelor in a shared residence along with his good friend Schmucke, he keeps simply passions: a devotion to nice eating within the corporation of rich yet disdainful relations, and a commitment to the gathering of antiques. whilst those kin observe the real price of his paintings assortment, notwithstanding, their sneering contempt for the parasitic Pons swiftly falls away as they fight to procure a section of the weakening man's inheritance.
Taking its position within the Human Comedy as a significant other to Cousin Bette, the darkly funny Cousin Pons is between of the final and maximum of Balzac's novels relating French city society: a cynical, pessimistic yet by no means despairing attention of human nature.
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