L'Interdiction (The Commission in Lunacy) is part of the Parisian Life (Scènes de la Vie de Parisienne) subseries of La Comédie Humaine. It is published in 1836.
Madame d'Espard appears is a main character in this novella. She appears in many other stories of The Human Comedy. She and her husband are estranged. Their two children live with him. She is trying to come up with a scheme where she wants a judge to declare him insane so that she can take control of her husband's funds. But the judge assigned to the case is too smart to be taken in so easily.