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17th Dec '15 3:52:46 PM bombadilla
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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Valerie's death]] may be considered this for the Hulot family. The young and healthy woman who has a vendetta-by-proxy against the Hulots, and who can manipulate any man to get what she wants, just happens to have [[spoiler:a "savage" ex-lover who is crazy enough to kill her and who just happens to have access to this exotic weapon of murder that will give the victim enough time and incentive to ruminate over all her past sins and promptly decide to redeem herself by leaving almost all her fortune to the people whom she had, up until that point, considered her enemies]].

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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Valerie's death]] may be considered this for the Hulot family. The young and young, healthy woman who has a personal vendetta-by-proxy against the Hulots, and who can manipulate any man to get what she wants, just happens to have [[spoiler:a "savage" ex-lover who is crazy enough to kill her her, and who he just happens to have access to this exotic weapon of murder that which will give the victim enough time and incentive to ruminate over all her past sins and promptly decide to redeem herself by leaving almost all her fortune to the people whom she had, up until that point, considered her enemies]].
7th Dec '15 6:46:49 AM bombadilla
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* AdultFear: In a way, Adeline's relationship to Hector. Finding out about your significant other's unfaithfulness is already pretty bad. But to have it happen after [[HappilyMarried twelve years of blissful married life]] must be a horror. To think that the person you love and trust the most can change so drastically even after so much time is somehow scarier than them showing their true colours fairly early.
5th Dec '15 4:31:05 PM bombadilla
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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Valerie's death]] may be considered this for the Hulot family. The young and healthy woman who has a vendetta-by-proxy against the Hulots and who can manipulate any man to get what she wants just happens to have [[spoiler:a "savage" ex-lover who is crazy enough to kill her and who just happens to have access to this exotic weapon of murder that will give the victim enough time and incentive to ruminate over all her past sins and promptly decide to redeem herself by leaving almost all her fortune to the people whom she had, up until that point, considered her enemies]].

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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Valerie's death]] may be considered this for the Hulot family. The young and healthy woman who has a vendetta-by-proxy against the Hulots Hulots, and who can manipulate any man to get what she wants wants, just happens to have [[spoiler:a "savage" ex-lover who is crazy enough to kill her and who just happens to have access to this exotic weapon of murder that will give the victim enough time and incentive to ruminate over all her past sins and promptly decide to redeem herself by leaving almost all her fortune to the people whom she had, up until that point, considered her enemies]].
5th Dec '15 4:25:05 PM bombadilla
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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Montes!]]

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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Valerie's death]] may be considered this for the Hulot family. The young and healthy woman who has a vendetta-by-proxy against the Hulots and who can manipulate any man to get what she wants just happens to have [[spoiler:a "savage" ex-lover who is crazy enough to kill her and who just happens to have access to this exotic weapon of murder that will give the victim enough time and incentive to ruminate over all her past sins and promptly decide to redeem herself by leaving almost all her fortune to the people whom she had, up until that point, considered her enemies]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Montes!]][[spoiler:Montes!]]
18th Mar '15 1:59:17 AM XFllo
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* ChristmasCake: Bette (albeit an atypical one, in that there's no indication of her ever having been attractive). Her ongoing solitude is a large part of what makes her so bitter.
9th Aug '14 6:32:40 AM JulianLapostat
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Often described as Balzac's masterpiece, ''Cousin Bette'' is a powerful tale of love, betrayal and family breakdown.

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Often described as Balzac's [[Creator/HonoreDeBalzac Honoré de Balzac]]'s masterpiece, ''Cousin Bette'' is a powerful tale of love, betrayal and family breakdown.
9th Nov '13 7:14:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AllLovingHero: Adeline counts as a deconstruction: her infinitely forgiving nature seems to make betrayal easier for Hector, undercutting the family as a whole.



* TheMessiah: Adeline counts as a deconstruction: her infinitely forgiving nature seems to make betrayal easier for Hector, undercutting the family as a whole.
3rd Nov '13 10:44:39 AM MirrorNoir
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Lisbethe Fischer, aka Cousin Bette to her family, is an unatractive middled aged woman who lives a life of a commoner while her much more attractive cousin Adaline lives a life of splendor and wealth, married to wealthy Baron Hector Hulot. However, despite Bette's envy, things are not what they appear in regards to the happy facade: Hector is a womanizing jerk that has wasted his fortune on women (including Valerie, a young beautiful bureaucrat's wife that Bette befriends) and who treats his wife like crap.

Bette's life is a life of quiet desperation until she meets a suicidal young artist named Wenceslas Steinbock. Nursing the poor artist back to health after interrupting a failed suicide attempt, Bette falls for him only to watch as her niece Hortense steal him away. The loss of her lover drives Bette to madness as she vows to ruin her family, with Bette recruiting the femme fatal Valerie into her scheme. However, a rival to the Hulot family exists that threatens Bette's revenge scheme, not to mention the fact that the Baron is quite shameless in his vices, adding to Bette's plight as she seeks to avenge wrongs.

Part of Balzac's "Comedie Humaine" series of works, the novel was written largely as a response to the rise of the serialized novel, which Balzac despised. At the time, Balzac was undergoing health problems and had largely vanished from the public eye and his decision to serialize the novel was his attempt to remain relevant in the literary world.

In 1998, the novel was made into a movie starring Jessica Lange and Hugh Laurie. The movie takes great liberties with the story, replacing Valerie with a courtesan named Jenny and having Adaline die in the opening moments of the story, in order to establish Bette into her cousin's world and to set up the feud between Hector and Bette.
22nd May '13 5:20:09 PM Peteman
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:Averted [[CruelAndUnusualDeath so]] [[{{Squick}} fucking]] [[NauseaFuel hard]] in Valerie's case.]]

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:Averted [[CruelAndUnusualDeath so]] [[{{Squick}} fucking]] [[NauseaFuel hard]] in Valerie's case.]]
21st Feb '13 11:13:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AntiHero: Hector is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes type V]].
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