Louis Lambert

Louis Lambert

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Louis Lambert

Louis Lambert

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"Louis Lambert" was written at the Château of Saché, near Tours, in 1832. Balzac labored hard upon it, and in his letters to his sister, Madame Laure Surville, he repeatedly alludes to the trouble it occasioned him. In one of these letters he says: "'Louis Lambert' has cost me such labors! I have been obliged to read so many books to write this one. Some day perhaps it will direct science into new channels. If I had made of it a purely scientific work it would have attracted the attention of thinkers, who now will not cast their eyes over it. But if chance some day puts 'Louis Lambert' in their hands, perhaps they will speak of it." And again he frankly records his opinion, "I believe that 'Louis Lambert' is a fine book." In what follows it is possible to discover Balzac's answer to some sisterly expression of disapproval, derived from a suspicion that in describing the sad end of Louis Lambert the author was influenced by personal forebodings. "Why," he says, "harp upon the termination? You know why I chose that ending. You are always afraid. That conclusion accords with probability, and but too many sad examples justify it. Has

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