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Change Language. English Arabic. Important Links. Follow Us. App Download. US UK. Thank you for subscribing! Please check your email to confirm your subscription. Our Stores. Results for - el. All the latest offers delivered right to your inbox! Due to his low status, Eugene finds it difficult to penetrate high society, and relies on the connection of his rich, celebrated cousin, Mme. Vautrin, one of the first homosexual characters in French literature, has an eye for Rastignac, but also sees something of himself in the young student, both possessing a desire to make it to the top no matter the cost.
The scheming criminal Vautrin, a Mephistophelean character, tries to appeal to Eugene's ambition, encouraging him to woo Victorine, potential heiress of a great fortune, and he Vautrin will arrange that Victorine's brother is killed in a duel all unbeknownst to Victorine. Eugene is swayed by Vautrin's vision, but his youthful conscience and idealism are too strong. Le secret de l'auberge rouge Histoire French Edition and millions of other books are.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features. He resists Vautrin, though the criminal still sees the death of Victorine's brother through, establishing her as a very well-to-do figure in Parisian society. In The Red Inn Victorine is heiress to her father's fortune and she and her father are no longer estranged. In fact, she dotes on him -- and why not? He's the man to whom she owes her wealth and status. The father meanwhile still struggles with the death of his son.
The father, a very minor character in Goriot is here a central character. Part of the beauty of Balzac's Human Comedy is that we not only find different characters at different points of their lives, but they are viewed through different lenses, here respectable there a scoundrel, here a minor character and there a major character.