Madame de la Chanterie - L'Envers de l'histoire contemporaine (The Other Side of Contemporaneous History) is a 1848 novel belonging to Scènes de la Vie de Parisienne (Scenes from Parisian Life) subseries of La Comédie humaine.
The main character is "Godefroid" (unrelated Godefroid de Beaudenord) who abandons a life of debauchery to join the path under a secret society, Brothers of Consolation, who meet at the Baroness of Chanterie's place. They aim unconditionally at the happiness of others, even if this means working against their benefactress.
This is a series that comprises two "episodes", and this is the first one of them. L'Envers de l'histoire contemporaine (The Other Side of Contemporaneous History) is one of the last novels written by Balzac.