Too small to amount to much
|Honoré de Balzac|
With a story this short, the less said about the plot the better. Suffice it to say that it deals with a conflict between virtue and vanity, and the simple observation that even when a woman doesn’t want a man, she wants to be wanted by that man. The story is engaging, but its revelations on womankind are neither earth-shattering nor universally accurate, and the reader is likely to forget the piece soon after it’s finished. This relatively inconsequential nugget is best reserved for those avid Balzac fans attempting to tackle his complete works. For everybody else, it’s certainly not a waste of ten minutes, but you’d be better off sticking to Balzac’s better-known and more substantial works.
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