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The Imaginary Mistress · The Human Comedy

by Honore de Balzac Author · Katharine Prescott Wormeley Translator


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This novella is part of the Scenes from Private Life section of Honore de Balzac's sprawling story cycle The Human Comedy. Trapped in a maddeningly frustrating love triangle and unable to express his true feelings to his beloved, protagonist Paz invents an imaginary mistress to use as an excuse for his lovesickness and increasing alienation from his group of friends.

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Duke Classics
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The Human Comedy


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