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L'action se situe aux environs de f�vrier 1819. Auguste de Maulincour, jeune officier de cavalerie, se promenant dans un quartier mal fam� de Paris, aper�oit au loin la jeune femme mari�e dont il est secr�tement amoureux, se contentant de l'adorer de loin. Il la voit dispara�tre dans une maison sordide comme toutes celles du quartier. Quel est le secret de cette femme, reconnue dans le grand monde parisien comme un mod�le de vertu conjugale ? Retrouvant Cl�mence Desmarets le soir m�me chez Madame de Nucingen, il tente de lui arracher son secret. Mais la jeune femme pr�tend qu'elle n'est pas sortie de chez elle de la soir�e. Auguste d�cide alors d'espionner la maison o� il l'a vue entrer. R�ussissant � y p�n�trer, il d�couvre la jeune femme en compagnie d'un personnage inqui�tant: Ferragus. Dans les jours qui suivent, le jeune homme �chappe de peu � plusieurs accidents qui s'av�rent �tre des tentatives r�p�t�es d'assassinat car il a surpris les secrets de gens puissants et myst�rieux. Manquant d'�tre �cras� par une grosse pierre de chantier, victime du sabotage de l'un de ses essieux, provoqu� en duel par le marquis de Ronquerolles qui le blesse gri�vement, finalement empoisonn� par les cheveux lors d'un bal, Auguste r�v�le au mari de Cl�mence, Jules Desmarets, tr�s riche agent de change, le d�tail de ses d�couvertes � propos de sa femme et de Ferragus qui n'est autre qu'un ancien for�at. Le soup�on s'installe alors dans un m�nage jusque-l� admirable de passion partag�e. Jules surprend les petits mensonges de son �pouse qui le font terriblement souffrir et qui le conduiront � d�truire sa femme ador�e. La v�rit� �clate trop tard car Cl�mence a succomb� au chagrin de ne pouvoir se justifier aupr�s de son mari, ses visites � Ferragus �tant dict�es par son amour filial, puisque le for�at �tait son p�re. De son v�ritable nom Bourignard, Ferragus XXIII a �t� ouvrier, puis entrepreneur en b�timent. Il �tait � l'�poque (avant 1806, date de son emprisonnement) tr�s riche, joli gar�on, compagnon de l'ordre des D�vorants dont il est devenu le chef. Condamn� � vingt ans de bagne en 1806, il s'�chappe et retourne � Paris o� il vit sous divers noms d'emprunt et d�guisements. Vers 1815, il est m�l� � plusieurs sombres affaires, dont celle de l'exp�dition d'Henri de Marsay � l'h�tel San Real pour tenter d'enlever Paquita, la Fille aux yeux d'or. Le marquis de Ronquerolles est un de ses complices et lui apporte son aide � sa sortie de bagne. Le marquis fait partie d'une soci�t� secr�te � laquelle appartient aussi Henri de Marsay et qu'Honor� de Balzac d�crit dans la pr�face de l'Histoire des Treize[1] comme un monde ...� part le monde, n'en reconnaissant aucune loi, ne se soumettant qu'� la conscience de sa n�cessit�... agissant tout entier pour un seul de ses associ�s quand l'un d'eux r�clame l'assistance de tous; cette vie de flibustier en gants jaunes et en carrosse, cette union des gens sup�rieurs, froids et railleurs... cette religion du plaisir fanatisa treize hommes qui recommenc�rent la soci�t� de J�sus au profit du diable. Le r�cit se termine comme une trag�die avec la mort d'Auguste et de Cl�mence, le d�sespoir de Jules et la d�cr�pitude physique de Ferragus.
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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: Ferragus
  • Author: M Honore de Balzac, M G - Ph Ballin
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us
  • ISBN: 9781508805298
  • Length: 0.49 inch
  • Width: 6.0 inch
  • Languages: French
  • Subtitle: La Comedie Humaine
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: General Biographies
  • Publication Date: 10/03/2015
  • Pages: 232
  • Height: 9.0 inch
  • Weight: 0.7 pound

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