LES CHOUANS BALZAC PDF

What follows is my interpretation of events…. The Royalists are still in rebellion and they have used the local Chouans to create an insurgency. He serves France, and he fights according to his code of honour. These rustic Chouans rise up in support of the King-in-Exile and his supporters, who include the British , their leader being one Marche-a-Terre.

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What follows is my interpretation of events…. The Royalists are still in rebellion and they have used the local Chouans to create an insurgency. He serves France, and he fights according to his code of honour. These rustic Chouans rise up in support of the King-in-Exile and his supporters, who include the British , their leader being one Marche-a-Terre.

This man dresses in furs and seems indistinguishable in the rural landscape, a handy attribute for a guerilla. In the beginning we are not at all sure about the loyalties of the other characters. She is accompanied by her maid Francine, whose lover is Marche a Terre, the leader of the Chouans i. At the start of the story the Chouans in support of the Royalists attack the Republicans led by Commander Hulot and they attract many of the local peasants to their cause.

This infuriates Hulot a stolid old soldier who serves the government of the day whoever it is but likes to have his military judgement respected and he resigns, but he has to come back when his replacement Captain Merle is shot in an act of treachery caused by Mme de Gua. Mme de Gua is instantly suspicious of Marie, not to mention extremely jealous.

The story sometimes verges on farce as the plot twists and turns. But Mme de Gua is there, and she suspects Marie. A rumour that she was a Parisian courtesan circulates, and Montauran goes cold on her. Naturally she refuses but he helps her anyway and sends her off to the hovel of Galope-Chopin, a local whose help can be bought by either side. Hiding there, Marie is surprised by the Comte de Bauvac, also hiding out. He proposes too!

So off goes Marie, makes up with Montauran and confesses that yes, she is the illegitimate daughter of the Marquis de Vermeuill and has been forced by circumstances to fend for herself. After her mother went into a nunnery to absolve her shame and then died, her father the marquis took her in and left her money in his Will.

But when he died his son challenged the Will and — having become used to a life of luxury — Marie went to live with an elderly gent of 70 who became her guardian. Paris society of course thought that she was his courtesan and he left Paris in embarrassment, leaving her penniless. Imprudently she then married Danton, rival of Robespierre, but had to embark on her life of intrigue when he died leaving her again penniless.

He sets off to organise the priest and witnesses but meanwhile the hunt for him is on. After Corentin has left, Galope-Chopin comes home, and discovers what Barbette has done. Marche a Terre and Pille-Miche arrive and behead him as a traitor. He arranges for her to receive a letter purporting to be a love-letter from Montauran to Mme de Gua.

Marie is furious, denounces him to Hulot and then sets off to confront him. When they meet, of course, she realises the letter was from Corentin and bitterly regrets her actions.

They marry, spend a blissful night together and then try to flee. So, things went badly awry for Marie. She fell for Montauran and ended up double-crossing herself and everyone else.

Corentin retaliated by fooling her into believing that Montauran loved her rival Mme de Gua and so Marie ordered Hulot to destroy the rebels. They died, the day after they were married. Well, what else could Balzac do? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Bookmark the permalink. What follows is my interpretation of events… Les Chouans is set in the aftermath of the French Revolution and the execution of Marie Antoinette and Louis the XIV when Napoleon is in power but there are outbreaks of civil war.

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