By Honoré de Balzac
"I en av Frankrikes minst betydande prefekturer, mitt i staden, vid ett gathörn, ligger det ett hus; males vad gatan och staden heter måste här förtigas."
Antikkabinettet (1839) är en av de stort klarsynta revolutionsromanerna från artonhundratalet. Den kretsar kring en ung fransk ädling i början av 1820-talet, hans nedgång och fall och spelet kring hans räddning. males romanen är mer än så. Det är inte bara en ung ädling som går mot sitt fall; ett helt samhälle går mot undergång.
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), en av de största skapare som världslitteraturen har att uppvisa, efterlämnade en enorm produktion, stora delar av den samlade han i jätteverket l. a. Comédie humaine.
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No. Not from the loss of blood. Concussion. " Phillip took this information into his mind carefully, as if he were undecided where to lay it. Danelaw stood up. " he asked. " Phi11ip did not answer, but he did not protest when the man 51 put him on his stomach and untied his nightshirt. Nor did he think it strange that the man knew his way around a hospital. He shivered at the first icy touch of alcohol against his skin, but he soon relaxed under the hypnotic rhythm of the man's slow fingers. And he started to talk.
No, don't do that," Bruner said, to Phillip's surprise. He explained, "You'd be doing yourself more harm than good. " He was remembering how proud his father had been of him the day he had been commissioned, how his father had flown East to see him graduated. Phillip thought of returning to Devereaux in disgrace. A prison sentence. Absurd. It must not happen. He bad been a fool to risk his commission against the satisfaction of baiting his captain. He could see a hundred things he could have done to save himself all this embarrassment.
He could appreciate Francis' hatred for him, for he returned it; but Bruner was beyond all reason. Beyond reason, too, but by another standard, was this man Danelaw. o~lems before him, the first of which was Timothy Danelaw. Was the obvious explanation the only reason for the man's interest in him? Homosexuality was no stranger to the Navy or to Phillip. Many years ago, and without too many serious qualms, Phillip had admitted to himself that certain men found him more than interesting. He looked upon this fact as a potential weapon which he might better use to his own advantage rather than have it used against him-so long as it was confined to those limits within which he had been reared.
Antikkabinettet by Honoré de Balzac