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Marie denies the rumours but she has to flee and the suspicion of treachery leads to the massacre of 65 of Hulot’s men by the Chouans. She found out the truth too late, and she couldn’t save Montauran.

This isn’t a review; it’s just a summary from my reading journal. He serves France, and he fights according to his code of honour. He pored over his host’s books and interviewed the townspeople about their experiences during the time of the uprising. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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.

I had never really read it before. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Chouans could easily be updated to a modern harlequin romance today and leave much of the plot intact. I also lost interest quickly not knowing French geography well.

On this occasion the tone of smothered rage with which he uttered the words made his two friends silent and circumspect. Mar 06, Casey rated it liked it Shelves: Does Montauran really love Marie as he says he does? At bxlzac start of the novel, the Republican Commander Hulot is assaulted by Chouan forces, who convert dozens of conscripts.


Want to Read saving…. To be honest, by the end I was willing Hulot and even Corentin on to despatch The Gars and Marie de Verneuil, because the bakzac were just too damned selfish and didn’t seem to care how many soldiers’ lives they risked for their truncated love affair.

Du Gua is at first a sympathetic ohnor, but by the end of the novel she is presented as sharing a face with a spirit from hell.

When I think that I am alone, hampered by social conventions that make me deceitful, I envy the privileges of a man. 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.

She fell for Montauran and ended up double-crossing herself and everyone else.

Les Chouans by Honoré de Balzac

They quickly fall out of love when they believe their suspicions…and fall back…and then out again…and then in again. But when I also reflect on the means which nature has bestowed on us women balxac catch and entangle you men in the invisible meshes of a power which you cannot resist, then the part assigned to me in the world is not displeasing to me. In defiance of Corentin and the Chouans whom she detests, she devises choians plan to marry the Chouan leader. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine.


It seems that the government has placed a price on his head so choouans return is not only of the utmost importance but of critical secrecy.

The Chouans by Honoré de Balzac

I shall now be sad for many days. Naturally she refuses but he helps her anyway and sends her off to the hovel of Galope-Chopin, a local whose help can be els by either side. One of many passages of glorious genius Prea au un aer circumspect. Lengthy descriptions of the countryside are interrupted constantly by tangents explaining the history of Brittany and its people. The mark of honr talent.

Marie’s birth as an illegitimate child contributes to her position at the start of the novel. No trivia or quizzes yet. But I would play my part too, for I would always be ready to make myself a stepping-stone to raise the man who had won my love, to sacrifice myself for him and endure everything from him, and love him always, even when he no longer hnor me.

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This page was last edited on 22 Augustat Set in the French region of Brittany, the novel combines military history with a love story between the aristocratic Marie de Verneuil and the Chouan royalist Alphonse de Montauran. This added further to my knowledge of the French Revolution. A rumour that she was a Parisian courtesan circulates, and Montauran goes cold on her. No sooner do I perceive our power and like it, than I know it to be horrible and I abhor it.