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The Hated Son by Honoré de Balzac
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As every graduate of a creative writing program knows, one may not begin one's story on a dark and stormy night. Brazenly flouting this most solemn of precepts, Balzac's begins his novella The Hated Son on a dark and stormy night and proceeds with high melodrama to a cynical conclusion in which most of the main characters die. Balzac would not have faired well in a creative writing program. Neither would Shakespeare for that matter. Therefore, dear readers give thanks to the deity of your choice that creative writing programs did exist prior to the twentieth century.

But to return to The Hated Son. It begins deliciously on a dark and stormy night, in a castle drear, inhabited by a brutal and tyrannical husband (asleep) and his innocent countess (pregnant, scared, and awake). Now one can imagine many reasons for innocent countesses of brutal and tyrannical husbands to be afraid on dark and stormy nights. But as for pregnancy? Having only one cause, pregnancy leaves little scope for imagination except on a two delicate counts. Who did it and when?

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