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Title: La Grande Bretèche

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Title: La Grande Bretèche Title Record # 1287338
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Date: 1832-00-00
Type: SHORTFICTION [non-genre]
Length: novelette
Language: French
Note: This record is for the original French language version. DO NOT ENTER any English language publications under this record, even if they use the same name. A horrific non-speculative tale that belongs among sensational literature but not fantastic literature.
Synopsis: A traveler hears the story of the titular manor house, which has been deserted since the death of its owner Madame de Merret. She once had a lover, and was entertaining him in her bedroom when her husband arrived unexpectedly. She hid her lover in a closet, and when her husband became suspicious, swore on the crucifix that no one was in there but forbade her husband to open it. Thereupon he ordered the closet walled up. Madame de Merret could not say anything, and she and her husband silently listened for days to noises from the walled-off space.
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Other Titles

Year Language Title
1934Translated by Andrew Lang and Paul Sylvester. First published, under the title "The Doctor's Story," in The Dead Leman and Other Tales from the French (Swan, Sonnenschein & Company, 1889).
English The Mysterious Mansion
1935Translated by an unknown hand
English The Mysterious Mansion
1944 English La Grande Bretêche
1981Translated by Andrew Lang and Paul Sylvester; edited version (shortened, a few minor changes)
English The Mysterious Mansion
1982Translated by Irina Mavrodin.
Romanian Casa de la Grande-Bretèche
2008Translated by Aníbal Fernandes
Portuguese A Grande Bretèche


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