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The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 1

Eugène Sue (1804-1857)

1. Chapter 01 - The Tapis-Franc
2. Chapter 02 - The Ogress
3. Chapter 03 - History of La Goualeuse
4. Chapter 04 - The Chourineur's History
5. Chapter 05 - The Arrest
6. Chapter 06 - Thomas Seyton and the Countess Sarah
7. Chapter 07 - Your
8. Chapter 08 - The Walk
9. Chapter 09 - The Surprise
10. Chapter 10 - Castles in the Air
11. Chapter 11 - Murphy and Rodolphe
12. Chapter 12 - The Rendez-vous
13. Chapter 13 - Preparations
14. Chapter 14 - The Bleeding Part
15. Chapter 15 - The Vault
16. Chapter 16 - The Sick-Nurse
17. Chapter 17 - The Punishment
18. Chapter 18 - The Isle Adam
19. Chapter 19 - Recompense
20. Chapter 20 - The Departure
21. Chapter 21 - Researches
22. Chapter 22 - History of David and Cecily
23. Chapter 23 - A House in the Rue du Temple - part 1
24. Chapter 23 - A House in the Rue du Temple - part 2
25. Chapter 24 - The Four Stories
26. Chapter 25 - Tom and Sarah - part 1
27. Chapter 25 - Tom and Sarah - part 2
28. Chapter 26 - The Ball

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The Mysteries of Paris (French: Les Mystères de Paris) is a novel by Eugène Sue which was published serially in Journal des débats from June 19, 1842 until October 15, 1843. Les Mystères de Paris singlehandedly increased the circulation of Journal des débats. There has been lots of talk on the origins of the French novel of the 19th century: Stendhal, Balzac, Dumas, Gautier, Sand or Hugo. One often forgets Eugène Sue. Still, The Mysteries of Paris occupies a unique space in the birth of this literary genre: it entranced thousands of readers for more than a year (even illiterates who had episodes read to them) and was also a major work in the formation of a certain form of social consciousness. One often hears that the 1848 revolution was partly born in the pages of the Mysteries of Paris or, more appropriately, that the Mysteries of Paris helped create a climate which allowed the 1848 revolution to occur.The hero of the novel is the mysterious and distinguished Rodolphe, who is really the Grand Duke of Gérolstein (a fictional country) but is disguised as a Parisian worker. Rodolphe can speak in argot, is extremely strong and a good fighter. Yet he also shows great compassion for the lower classes, good judgment, and a brilliant mind. He can navigate all layers of society in order to understand their problems, and to understand how the different social classes are linked.Rodolphe is accompanied by his friends Sir Walter Murph, an Englishman, and David, a gifted black doctor, formerly a slave.The first figures they meet are Le Chourineur and La Goualeuse. Rodolphe saves La Goualeuse from Le Chourineur's brutality, and saves Le Chourineur from himself, knowing that the man still has some good in him. La Goualeuse is a prostitute, and Le Chourineur is a former butcher who has served 15 years in prison for murder. Both characters are grateful for Rodolphe's assistance, as are many other characters in the novel.



- The Mysteries of Paris

May be a good story, I'll never know, I gave up after 15 chapters due to too many different narrators with their varying recording qualities.