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The Message

By De Balzac, Honore

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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The Message  
Author: De Balzac, Honore
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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I have always longed to tell a simple and true story, which should strike terror into two young lovers, and drive them to take refuge each in the other's heart, as two children cling together at the sight of a snake by a woodside. At the risk of spoiling my story and of being taken for a coxcomb, I state my intention at the outset. I myself played a part in this almost commonplace tragedy; so if it fails to interest you, the failure will be in part my own fault, in part owing to historical veracity. Plenty of things in real life are superlatively uninteresting; so that it is one-half of art to select from realities those which contain possibilities of poetry.

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