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His School Days

While Balzac inherited from his father vitality and joy in telling stories it was from his mother that he inherited his sensitiveness of feeling. At the age of seven he was packed off to do a six year stint in a miserable boarding school of the Orotorian Brothers. Not a single one of these harsh priests of Vendôme gleaned an iota of genius in this chubby boy suffering already physically and spiritually by his mother’s total unconcern and her preference of her love-child to him. This precocious boy who could learn a page by heart merely by scanning it once was saved from his predicament by a nervous breakdown. At sixteen the boy was haggard with large scared eyes came out to face his parents who were shocked at his appearance. ‘So this,’ Grandmother Sallambier observed, ‘is how the college returns the healthy boys we send them.’

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