La Cousine Bette by Honoré de Balzac. Green Level - 1300 words. This is a simplified edition of a classic French novel. There is a vocabulary list and comprehension questions at the back.
Paperback, 64 pages. This is the old edition - limited quantities left!
La Cousine Bette et son double, Le Cousin Pons, forment, dans La Comédie humaine, le sombre dyptique des Parents pauvres. Mais si Pons prend rang parmi les martyrs ignorés, Bette, inversement, telle l'araignée au milieu de sa toile, dirige ses attaques mortelles contre les siens. Animée d'une jalousie morbide, elle se propose de détruire le foyer de sa cousine, la belle Adeline, épouse du baron Hulot. Ancien collaborateur de Napoléon, ce dernier rêve de retrouver, dans des aventures amoureuses de plus en plus dégradées, la splendeur de l'époque impériale. Bette exploite les vices de cet homme débauché qui vole l'État pour entretenir ses maîtresses. Elle trouve une précieuse alliée en la personne de madame Marneffe, une prostituée de la société des bourgeois conquérants, d'où le baron Hulot sera définitivement exclu.
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