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THE PURSE (La Bourse) is a novel written in 1832.

The painter Hippolyte Schinner falls in love with the young woman who lives in the building where he's rented a studio. Soon, he's going to spend all his evenings in the small apartment of the young girl who lives with her mother. Both women seem very poor but from a noble background, they also play cards in the evenings with a wealthy gentleman who lost every night a small amount of money. Hippolyte will try to discover who those two women really are.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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