Droll Tales 6

The sixth tale in the first Decade of Honoré de Balzac’s scurrilous set is, in The Folio Society’s edition illustrated by

Mervyn Peake, entitled The Constable of France’s Wife.

In the author’s witty, humorous, robust prose packed with wordplay and innuendo, we have a story of seduction, deceit, and mistaken identity, which somewhat backfires on the perpetrators.

The High Constable’s Wife is the title translation given by the publishers of Gustave Doré’s earlier pictures;

and of those from Jean de Bosschère.

Further details of each of these publications is given in https://derrickjknight.com/2023/01/06/droll-tales-1/


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