Honoré de Balzac, the French novelist, was born in Tours in 1799 and is best known for his Com& eacute;die Humaine, comprising more than a hundred novels, short stories, and unfinished works. He died in 1850.
The Physiology of Marriageby Honore de Balzac
"[...]seemed prompted by a kind of delirium, she bounded from her bed, seized the tongs and threw the coal back into the fireplace. The nurse, the doctor, the relations rushed to her assistance; they took the dying woman in their arms. They put her back in bed; she laid her head upon her pillow and after a few minutes died, keeping her eyes fixed even after her death upon that plank in the floor which the burning brand had touched. Scarcely had the Countess Van Ostroem expired when the three co-heirs exchanged looks of suspicion, and thinking no more[...]".
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