Honoré de Balzac
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A man of business. The firm of Nucingen. Facino cane The Unknown masterpiece.
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The stranger comes up to their room, and asks the priest to say a mass for the recently executed King Louis XVI. He returns later to attend the mass. He also says that he will come back in a year for another mass for the king, and promises that they will be safe from any danger.
He leaves a blood stained handkerchief with royal insignia as a present. The next year the stranger returns for the mass. Later, the priest visits a shop owned by some Royalist friends of his, and notices a tumbril passing by with the executioner and his victims. The priest faints when he recognises that the executioner is the stranger who has been helping them, and realises that the handerkerchief was the king's.go here
The Unknown Masterpiece And Other Stories by HonorГ© de Balzac
The story takes place during the Reign of Terror , from to However the story does not give his name. The Reign of Terror was a period during which there was a process of Dechristianisation occurring in France.
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The nuns and priest in the story are in hiding because of this. The idea of writing the story was most likely born after Balzac's meeting with Sanson's son, Henri-Nicolas-Charles Sanson, also an executioner.
Perhaps the son's stories about his father— an extremely religious man despite his work—inspired Balzac to write a story that is not based on actual facts, but on the human aspect of a real life character, and on alternate events that could have taken place.
Related Two More Stories by Honore de Balzac- An Episode Under the Terror and Facino Cane
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