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Honoré de Balzac (20 may 1799 - 18 August 1850)
Les Orphelins (La Grenadière) , 1834

Published in 1834 under the name "La Grenadière", this short story by Balzac was intially called "Les Orphelins" ("The Orphans") as shown here in the original manuscript. The two orphans are the children of the hero Madame Augusta Willemsens. The story does not tell their destiny though. La Grenadière refers to a house near Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France, and where Honoré de Balzac stayed with his lover Laure de Berny in 1830. The story opens with the following text:
« La Grenadière est une petite habitation située sur la rive droite de la Loire, en aval et à un mille environ du pont de Tours. En cet endroit, la rivière, large comme un lac, est parsemée d'îles vertes et bordée par une roche sur laquelle sont assises plusieurs maisons de campagne, toutes bâties en pierre blanche, entourée de clos de vigne et des jardins où les plus beaux fruits du monde mûrissent à l'exposition du midi.

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