Adolphe (Penguin Classics) by Benjamin Constant

By Benjamin Constant

Adolphe is a privileged and subtle younger guy, bored by way of the stupidity he perceives on the planet round him. After a couple of meaningless conquests, he finally encounters Ellenore, a gorgeous and passionate older lady. Adolphe is enraptured and steadily wears down her resistance to his declarations of affection. yet as they embark on an extreme and tortured affair, Ellenore supplies option to a flood of emotion that in simple terms serves to repel her more youthful lover - but he can't convey himself to depart her and his procrastination can merely carry tragedy. partially encouraged by means of Constant's personal stormy affair with Madame de Staël, Adolphe (1816) is a penetrating mental depiction of affection that plumbs the depths of the passions, causes and inconsistencies of the human personality.

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You must know then, that this gentleman aforesaid, at times when he was idle, which was most part of the year, gave himself up to the 22 Don Quixote reading of books of chivalry, with so much attachment and relish, that he almost forgot all the sports of the field, and even the management of his domestic affairs; and his curiosity and extravagant fondness herein arrived to that pitch, that he sold many acres of arable land to purchase books of knight-errantry, and carried home all he could lay hands on of that kind.

Wherein is continued the history of the famous Infanta Micomicona, with other pleasant adventures 330 38. The continuation of Don Quixote's curious discourse upon arms and letters 340 39. Wherein the captive relates his life and adventures 344 40. In which is continued the history of the captive 351 41. Wherein the captive continues the story of his adventures 362 42. Which treats of what further happened in the inn, and of many other things worthy to be known 380 6 Contents 43. Which treats of the agreeable history of the young muleteer; with other strange accidents that happened in the inn 386 44.

In which an account is given of the Afflicted Matron's misfortunes 712 39. Wherein Trifaldi continues her stupendous and memorable history 718 40. Of matters relating and appertaining to this adventure, and to this memorable history 720 41. Of the arrival of Clavileno, with the conclusion of this prolix adventure 725 42. Of the instructions Don Quixote gave Sancho Panza, before he went to govern the island, with other matters well considered 735 43. Of the second instructions Don Quixote gave Sancho Panza 739 io Contents 44.

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