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Repertory of the Comedie Humaine
Pt 1

Page 1 of 467


REPERTORY OF THE COMEDIE HUMAINE
PART I, A -- K 

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE 

"Work crowned by the French Academy" is a significant line borne by
the title-page of the original edition of Messieurs Cerfberr and
Christophe's monumental work.  The motto indicates the high esteem in
which the French authorities hold this very necessary adjunct to the
great Balzacian structure.  And even without this word of approval, the
intelligent reader needs but a glance within the pages of the
/Repertory of the Comedie Humaine/ to convince him at once of its
utility. 

In brief, the purpose of the /Repertory/ is to give in alphabetical
sequence the names of all the characters forming this Balzacian
society, together with the salient points in their lives.  It is, of
course, well known that Balzac made his characters appear again and
again, thus creating out of his distinct novels a miniature world.  To

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