Eugenie Grandet, daughter of a former cooper who made his fortune. leads to Saumur existence recluse. subject to the whims of a miserly father and overbearing. The unexpected arrival of his cousin Charles, refined young Parisian, he hinted a possible happiness. But Balzac's novels are rarely those of accomplishment... With this diving in murky waters, where they probe the souls and hearts. the writer sign a "bourgeois tragedy, without poison or dagger, or bloodshed".