This title comprises three titles:
- Un Episode Sous La Terreur (An Episode Under the Terror)
- Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece)
- Jésus-Christ en Flandre (Christ in Flanders)
Un Episode Sous La Terreur (An Episode Under the Terror) is a 1830 story that is part of the Scenes from Political Life (Scènes de la vie politique). It is deemed one of the shorty story masterpieces of Balzac. It is a well-written, and well-constructed story that sets up an atmosphere of suspense and fear right at the start and giving an inkling of the hard life of panic, and mistrust that religious and aristocratic people had to contend with during the years following the revolution.
Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece), is a 1831 story that is part of the Philosophical Studies (Etudes Philosophiques). The old master painter Frenhofer has been working on a masterpiece fo the last ten years (La Belle noiseuse). He will finish it with the help of a young painter's lover serving as a model. But surpise awaits all. When offered to illustrate the work, Picasso was so fascinated by the text that he identified with Frenhofer and moved to a studio where the fictional character Frenhofer lived.
Jésus-Christ en Flandre (Christ in Flanders), is a 1831 story that is part of the Philosophical Studies (Etudes Philosophiques). Christ appears like figure) to a group of people on a ferry from the Island of Cadzand to Ostend as a passenger. He is denied seating by the rich people on the boat whereas the poor welcome him. The boat capsizes during the trip…