By Honoré de Balzac, Marion Crawford
Cousin Bette was once Balzac's final nice novel, and in it he explores energy, lust, deception, and revenge. The characters are complicated and vividly drawn. Cousin Bette is a girl of breath-taking malice. She plans and executes a diabolic plot of revenge opposed to her circle of relatives for slights extra imagined than actual, destroying herself within the technique.
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Have you no word o f comfort for me? " I, Edward of England, mindful that maybe Only hours stand between me and my fall Can tell you this : I do not like you. In the hour of death : I still love Gaveston. ANNE : Though I shall not forget this hard insult For the little I have in my head stays there And fades away but slowlyIt's just as well that fellow is not here. EDWARD : Get him back to me. They -say that Mortimer has all the power. Go to him, he's vain enough. His type's Susceptible to Queens.
LANCASTER : This piece of paper stands in the scale against A battle won. GAVESTON ; Edward. The name revives me. LANCASTER : It needn't. We could, for example, Send the king your heart. GAVESTON : You have the promise of our good King Edward And that with word and seal : He'll only see me and then send me back. LANCASTER : When? Laughter. For his Dann y 's s ake, if he catches a glimpse of him, He'll break the seal under God's very nose. ARCHBISHOP ; Ere English king break oath let this whole island Break to bits and fall into the ocean !
Enter JAMES GAVESTON, JAMES, SOLDIER. (coming forward ) : Ho, there. Bertolt Brecht 30 ANNE : Soldiers of King Edward? JAMES : By no means. ANNE : Who is th at man there in the Irish dress? JAME S : Danyell Gaveston : whore of the King of England . ANNE : Where are you taking him? JAME S : To the carrion pit. (at the back ) : GAVESTON If only I had water for my feet. SOLDIER : There's water. ANNE : I beg you : don't refuse it to him. GAVESTON : Let me go to he r , it is the Queen. Take me with you, my lady.
Cousin Bette (Poor Relations, Book 1) by Honoré de Balzac, Marion Crawford