The constant cold we are currently experiencing at home is becoming energy sapping enough for me to stay indoors and read more of Balzac’s Droll Tales.
The Folio Society have opted for the title Last Word for the tenth tale in the first Decade of Honoré de Balzac’s characteristically amusing stories.
This is a short account of unrequited lust, teasing temptation, crafty cuckolding, hopeless hatred and craving for vengeance, in what is presented as a warning lesson.
Here is Mervyn Peake’s sensitive illustration to the Folio Society edition.
Gustave Doré’s publishers have named the story “The Reproach”,
while the Bodley Head, for whom Jean de Bosschère provided the picture, prefer “The Rebuke”.
Further details of each of these publications is given in https://derrickjknight.com/2023/01/06/droll-tales-1/
This evening we all dined on Jackie’s flavoursome chicken and vegetable stewp with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Syrah.