"The Imaginary Mistress" is a comedic work and a satire of high society in France in the 1830s. There are three central characters in The Imaginary Mistress. The estimated reading time is only sixty minutes and I think it is worth the time. There is really nothing remarkable about it but it is fun to read of the foibles of rich aristocrats, imagine we are watching a beautiful young countess being dressed for a ball, viewing the sumptuous furniture, and watching the money flow.
A rich French woman marries a very rich Polish count. The count has a very close friend, also a Polish nobleman and a fellow veteran. He is not as rich as the man that married and he manages the financial affairs of his friend. As I read this I wondered if the use of Polish noble men was kind of a message to his amorata, a Polish countess. The plot, involving a woman who rides horses in a circus, among others and a terrible illness, is pretty melodramatic and predictable. It was a fun read.
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