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A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2

Le Rouge et le Noir Beyle's masterpiece


CHAPTER II

PAUL DE KOCK, OTHER MINORS OF 1800-1830, AND NODIER 39

The fate of popular minor novelists--Examples of them--Paul de Kock--_L'Enfant de ma Femme_--_Petits Tableaux de Moeurs_--_Gustave_--The caricatured _Anglais_--_Edmond et sa Cousine_--_Andre le Savoyard_--_Jean_--_La Femme_, _le Mari et l'Amant_--_Mon Voisin Raymond_--_Le Barbier de Paris_--The Pauline grisette--Others--The minors before 1830--Mme. de Montolieu: _Caroline de Lichtfield_--Its advance on "Sensibility"--Madame de Genlis _iterum_--The minor popular novel--Ducray-Duminil: _Le Petit Carillonneur_--V. Ducange--_L'Artiste et le Soldat_--_Ludovica_--Auguste Ricard: _L'Ouvreuse de Loges_--The importance of these minors not inconsiderable--The Vicomte d'Arlincourt: _Le Solitaire_--Nodier--His short stories--_Trilby_--_Le Songe d'Or_--The minors--_La Fee aux Miettes_--_Smarra_ and _Soeur Beatrix_--_Ines de las Sierras_--Nodier's special quality.

CHAPTER III

VICTOR HUGO 96

Limitations--_Han d'Islande_--_Bug-Jargal_--_Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamne_--_Claude Gueux_--_Notre-Dame de Paris_--The story easy to anticipate--Importance of the actual _title_--The working out of the one under the other--The story recovers itself latterly--But the characters?--The thirty years' interval--_Les Miserables_--_Les Travailleurs de la Mer_--The _genius loci_--Guernsey at the time--_L'Homme Qui Rit_--_Quatre-Vingt-Treize_--Final remarks.

CHAPTER IV

BEYLE AND BALZAC 133

Beyle: his peculiarity--_Armance_--_La Chartreuse de Parme_--The Waterloo episode--The subject and general colour--_L'Abbesse de Castro_, etc.--_Le Rouge et le Noir_--Beyle's masterpiece, and why--Julien Sorel and Mathilde de la Mole--The resuscitated work: _Lamiel_--The _Nouvelles Inedites_--_Le Chasseur Vert_--Beyle's place in the story--Balzac: conditions of the present dealing--Limitations of subject--And of Balzac himself--Balzac's "general ideas"--Abstinence from abstract--The _Oeuvres de Jeunesse_--_Les Chouans_--_La Peau de Chagrin_--The short stories--The _Contes Drolatiques_--Notes on select larger books: _Eugenie Grandet_--_Le Pere Goriot_ and _Les Parents Pauvres_--Others: the general "scenic" division--"Balzacity": its constitution--Its effect on successors--And its own character--The "occult" element--Its action and reaction--Peculiarity of the conversation--And of the "story" interest.

CHAPTER V

GEORGE SAND 176

George Sand: generalities about her--Note on _Elle et Lui_, etc., and on _Un Hiver a Majorque_--Phases of her work--_Indiana_--_Valentine_--_Lelia_--The moral of the group and its tragi-comedy--_Consuelo_--Much better in parts--The degeneration--Recovery; but not maintained quite to the end--_La Comtesse de Rudolstadt_--The "making good" of _Lucrezia Floriani_--The story--Its balance of power--The "Idylls": _La Petite Fadette_--_La Mare au Diable_--_Francois le Champi_--Others: _Mauprat_--_La Daniella_--_Les Beaux Messieurs de Bois-Dore_--_Le Marquis de Villemer_--_Mlle. La Quintinie_--_Flamarande_--Summary and judgment--Style--Conversation and description.


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