The Country Doctor

By Honoré de Balzac; J. A. Muenier et al. | Go to book overview

THE COUNTRY DOCTOR.

CHAPTER I. THE COUNTRY AND THE MAN.

ON a lovely spring morning, in 1829, a man about fifty years of age was riding along a mountainous road which leads to a large village in the neighborhood of La Grande Chartreuse. This village is the market-town of a populous district enclosed within the circumference of a long valley. A torrent, with a rocky bed often dry, but filled at that season by the melted snows, waters this valley, whose heights command on either side the peaks of Dauphiné and the Savoie.

Though all the landscapes nestling within the chain of the two Mauriennes have a family likeness, the region through which the stranger was riding offered to the eye a diversity of ground and a changefulness of light and shadow which may be sought in vain elsewhere. At times the valley, widening suddenly, gave to view an irregular carpet of verdure, which constant irrigation, due to the mountains, kept ever fresh and tender to the eye. Sometimes a saw-mill showed its humble buildings picturesquely placed, its supply of fir-trees stripped of bark, its watercourse turned from the mountain torrent and led through troughs hollowed squarely

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  • Chapter I - The Country and the Man 1
  • Chapter II - O'Er Hill and Dale 84
  • Chapter III - The Napoleon of the People 160
  • Chapter IV - The Confession of the Country Doctor 219
  • Chapter V - Elegies 268
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