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Publicado em 1831, esse conto abre o volume 12 da Com dia Humana e faz parte da subdivis o Estudos de Costumes Cenas da Vida Pol tica.A a o se passa no ano de 1793 e inicia se com uma senhora caminhando de forma furtiva pelas ruas mais sombrias de Paris, aparentemente sendo seguida Estamos no ano do terror, logo seu temor se justifica Ao final a identidade do perseguidor se revela, assim como uma d vida moral Hist rico de leitura05 08 2018 No dia 22 de janeiro de 1793, cerca de oito horas Publicado em 1831, esse conto abre o volume 12 da Com dia Humana e faz parte da subdivis o Estudos de Costumes Cenas da Vida Pol tica.A a o se passa no ano de 1793 e inicia se com uma senhora caminhando de forma furtiva pelas ruas mais sombrias de Paris, aparentemente sendo seguida Estamos no ano do terror, logo seu temor se justifica Ao final a identidade do perseguidor se revela, assim como uma d vida moral Hist rico de leitura05 08 2018 No dia 22 de janeiro de 1793, cerca de oito horas da noite, uma velha senhora, em Paris, descia a r pida emin ncia que terminava em frente igreja de S o Louren o, no Faubourg Saint Martin Ca ra tanta neve durante o dia que mal se lhe ouviam os passos Set in January 1793, just after the execution of Louis XVI, Honor de Balzac s An Episode Under the Terror shares a time period with such works as Les Chouans and Christ in Flanders Like the former, it deals explicitly with the Revolution and with class and social relations, and with the latter it shares themes, like class and religion While justifiably considered part of the Sc nes de la vie politique it raisesimportant philosophical questions than Christ in Flanders, thought the latt Set in January 1793, just after the execution of Louis XVI, Honor de Balzac s An Episode Under the Terror shares a time period with such works as Les Chouans and Christ in Flanders Like the former, it deals explicitly with the Revolution and with class and social relations, and with the latter it shares themes, like class and religion While justifiably considered part of the Sc nes de la vie politique it raisesimportant philosophical questions than Christ in Flanders, thought the latter is classified under Balzac studes philosophiques, both subheadings in his broad La Com die humaine Among the most interesting ethical problems addressed in this work is the issue of free will and social responsibility, a problem tackled by countless writers, activists and ethicists including Sartre, C.A Campbell, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut and Elie Wiesel, among many others Is, for instance, an executioner morally responsible for his actions Or is he excused because he is just doing his jobRemember, my son, that it is not enough to have taken no active part in the great crime that fact does not absolve you The men who might have defended the King and left their swords in their scabbards, will have a very heavy account to render to the King of Heaven Ah yes, he added, with an eloquent shake of the head, heavy indeed for by doing nothing they became accomplices in the awful wickedness But do you think that an indirect participation will be punished the stranger asked with a bewildered look There is the private soldier commanded to fall into line is he actually responsibleAn Episode Under the Terror, published in 1842, brings in familiar names and characters, like Beaus ant, Langeais and Ragon, all encountered elsewhere in the Human Comedy, and this work of historical fiction not only deals with actual events the Revolution , but Balzac makes real persons into characters, something done by other writers of historical fiction e.g., Tolstoy does this in War and Peace and something Balzac does with other titles like Le P re Goriot Here we encounter a fictionalized version of the devoutly religious executioner Charles Henri Sanson, the man who executed over 3,000 people, including Louis XVI himself And what an interesting character he makes Balzac Always a completely satisfying read Glad he sat down to write What a pleasure reading his words. An interesting eighteen page short story involving both sides of the French Revolution Two nuns and a priest are offered sanctuary and a place to hide by a mysterious stranger during the Reign of Terror under Robespiere which following the execution of Louis XVI The identity of their benefactor is unknown, and they initially suspect him of being a spy who would turn them in to the Jacobins As it turns out, he has a strange request which the religious refugees nonetheless find it within their An interesting eighteen page short story involving both sides of the French Revolution Two nuns and a priest are offered sanctuary and a place to hide by a mysterious stranger during the Reign of Terror under Robespiere which following the execution of Louis XVI The identity of their benefactor is unknown, and they initially suspect him of being a spy who would turn them in to the Jacobins As it turns out, he has a strange request which the religious refugees nonetheless find it within their poor means to grant As always, Balzac s descriptive powers seem to ooze out of his very fingertips as he describes their preparations of an improvised altar for their relatively secret mass, done with articles so rude as to make the setting at once majestic and paltry, poor yet noble, holy and profane in one.A year later, the shocking denouement of the story occurs, when the religious rite is again celebrated and the true identify and surprising motivation of the visitor is revealed, as well as his means of obtaining the relic from the guillotine s fateful operation which he had given to his helpmates a year earlier.Within its all too brief confines, very well done It makes one wish that Balzac expanded the temporal dimensions of his Human Comedy from the early nineteenth century to include the tumultuous events in his nation s recent past, particularly during the late eighteenth century, as well as expanding this story to involveelements associated with his nation s turbulent history One of my favorites in Le Comedie humaine, this short story tells the tale of of hunted priest and nuns during the Reign of Terror in 1794 One cold night, they get a surprising visitor who ask for a surprising favor. A short story first published anonymously in 1830 and thus among Balzac s earliest works, this was considerably modified in 1845 when it was incorporated in the division Sc nes de la vie politique of the Com die humaine The description under the terror is somewhat premature, as it begins right after the execution of Louis XVI it opens with a mysterious stranger following an old woman through the streets, and it s too short to give any further details. Has there ever been a writer ofvariable quality than Balzac I really didn t enjoy The Chouans at all, and then this comes along I m following the suggested reading order from the Balzac Yahoo Group and it is a superb piece of work Short, yes, but worthy of 5 stars in every respect. *DOWNLOAD EPUB ☋ An Episode Under The Terror ⇲ This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work Mmm Not my favorite. A well written short story, very atmospheric, with a twist at the finish.