The Middle Classes/Translator's Note

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Note.—This volume ("Les Petits Bourgeois") was not published until 1854, more than three years after Balzac's death; although he says of it in March, 1844: "I must tell you that my work entitled 'Les Petits Bourgeois,' owing to difficulties of execution, requires still a month's labor, although the book is entirely written." And again, in October, 1846, he says: "It is to such scruples" (care in perfecting his work) "that delays which have injured several of my works are due; for instance, 'Les Paysans,' which has long been nearly finished, and 'Les Petits Bourgeois,' which has been in type at the printing office for the last eighteen months."