A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris

A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris

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A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris

A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris

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When Lucien Chardon, otherwise de Rubempré, poet and great man in the provinces, left Angoulême to seek his fame and fortune in Paris under the auspices of Madame de Bargeton and in her company, their journey together was not all that might have been expected. Neither he, nor Louise de Bargeton, nor Gentil, her footman, nor Albertine the waiting-maid, ever spoke of the events of that journey, but it can easily be seen how the perpetual presence of servants made it rather an awkward affair for a lover who regarded the matter in the light of an elopement.

Lucien, who had never travelled post in his life, was aghast at seeing nearly the whole sum on which he counted for a year's support scattered along the road between Angoulême and Paris. Like all those who unite the spontaneity of childhood with vigor of intellect, he committed the blunder of expressing his naïve amazement at the novelty of the things he met. A man should have studied a woman thoroughly before he lets . . .

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