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The Deputy of Arcis by Honoré de Balzac
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The Deputy of Arcis

By

Honore de Balzac


Translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley




PART I

THE ELECTION



I

ALL ELECTIONS BEGIN WITH A BUSTLE

Before beginning to describe an election in the provinces, it is
proper to state that the town of Arcis-sur-Aube was not the theatre of
the events here related.

The arrondissement of Arcis votes at Bar-sur-Aube, which is forty
miles from Arcis; consequently there is no deputy from Arcis in the
Chamber.