Honore de Balzac and Evelina Ghana: a novel in letters to 17 years in length
• Honore de Balzac and Evelina Ghana: a novel in letters to 17 years in length
French writer Honore de Balzac has never suffered from a lack of female attention, but the love of his life, he called the polka and Russian subjects Ewelina Hanska. Their romance in letters lasted for as much as 17 years, and when he finally managed to reunite in love, to be happy they have left only 5 months.
Fat clumsy Honore de Balzac can hardly be called handsome. But, despite this, the writer always had success with the ladies. Being an expert in the psychology of women, he could conquer the lady one only look, a smile, a fleeting remark thrown.
When Honore de Balzac became famous in his address began to come the mountain of letters from fans lovers. Sophisticated women's attention the writer did not pay any attention to them. But once Balzac received a mysterious letter. A lady wrote: "Your soul has lived a century, my dear sir, and yet I am sure that you are still young, and I wanted to meet you ... When I read your works, my heart trembled; You show the true dignity of women, love for a woman - a gift from heaven, a divine emanation; I admire you in a delightful subtlety of the soul, it is something and let you guess the woman's soul. "
Evelyn Ghana - Polish landowner and Russian citizens.
The envelope had no return address, but instead of a signature was "Stranger". Balzac was intrigued. Shortly after the first letter came a second, in which the stranger offered to continue the conversation. As a sign of its consent writer had published an advertisement in the newspaper "Quotidien", a single edition, which came out in French in the Russian Empire. Reading a letter from a stranger, Honore de Balzac knew that they wrote an educated lady with a fine mental organization. He was more in love with the stranger and slept her enthusiastic letters. In the end, they agreed to meet.
Balzac went to Switzerland in Neuchatel town in 1833. After seeing each other for the first time, they feel terribly uncomfortable. The writer was thrilled, t. To. His mistress was much more beautiful than he had imagined. It was Evelyn Ghana, the daughter of the famous Count Rzhevutskogo. She came with her husband from his ancestral castle in the Supreme (Zhytomyr region, Ukraine).
The very same Evelyn was disappointed to see the bloated disheveled writer. But it was long before he began to speak. The charm and delight Balzac conquered it. Loving couple started dating in the community or at home Ghanaian. Wife Evelyn is very flattered by the attention of the eminent writer. In public, Evelyn and Honore comply with all the rules of decency, and seething in their passion poured into long romantic letters. After a while Ghanaian continued on their way through Europe. Lovers then had not seen for eight years long. The letters and Ghana Balzac dreamed that soon will be able to be together, t. To. Evelyn's husband was 17 years older than her, but the years passed, and nothing changed.
The estate in the Ghanaian Supreme.
Ghana became a widow in 1841. Balzac sent her a letter restrained, afraid to upset Evelyn, mourned the demise of her husband, her joy. But the widow was not ready to get married again, she rejected the offer of a hand and heart of the writer. In addition, marriage to a French countess threatened deprivation of the wealth that her husband had left her a legacy, not relatives. Five years the lovers met in secret, while the Emperor Nicholas I did not consent to their union. In addition, Ghana abandoned estate in favor of his daughter, that relatives are not put obstacles in her new marriage. In 1850, 17 years after they met, Evelyn Ghana and Honore de Balzac was married in Berdichev. Elated with happiness Balzac wrote: "I married the only woman he loved, whom I love more than ever before, and I will love until death. This alliance, I think - an award bestowed upon me by God for the many vicissitudes of my fate, for the years of work, for experienced and overcome difficulties. I was not a happy youth, no blossoming of spring, but the summer will be the most brilliant and the most warm autumn. "
Commemorative plaques in the village of Supremacy.
But the happiness did not last long. By the time the writer of healthy men turned to the old man's sick. Doctors diagnosed "cardiac hypertrophy", which was the fault of coffee, which the writer drank liters, t. To. The thought that without it you can not get to work. And Evelyn immediately after the wedding became a nurse. He could not walk, to write, and in moments of enlightenment Balzac insisted that they will still be happy. 5 months after the marriage, the writer died. The legacy he left Ghana colossal debts. To repay them, the Countess had to sell almost all of their property. Ewelina Hanska Balzac endured for 30 years. All this time she has devoted to, to perpetuate the works of her lover.