Henry Dashwood, his second wife, and their three daughters live for many years with Henry's wealthy bachelor uncle. That uncle decides, in late life, to will his property first to Henry, then to Henry's first son John, and then to John's three-year-old son Harry. The uncle dies, but Henry lives just a year after that. On Henry's death, the new owner of the estate, then, is John Dashwood, the child of Henry's first marriage. Henry's second wife, Mrs Dashwood, and their daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a small income. On his deathbed, Mr Henry Dashwood extracts a promise from his son John to take care of his half-sisters. But before Henry is long in the grave, John's greedy wife, Fanny, persuades her husband to renege on the promise, appealing to his concerns about diminishing his own son Harry's inheritance and to the fact that his sisters are but half-blood and therefore undeserving of his family loyalty. Après le décès de Henry Dashwood, ses trois filles, Elinor, Marianne et Margaret, ainsi que leur mère se trouvent privées de leur part d'héritage par leur demi-frère John (né d'un précédent mariage de Henry Dashwood) qui se laisse facilement convaincre par sa femme Fanny qu'il ne leur doit rien. Leur condition financière considérablement diminuée, elles se retrouvent dans une situation particulièrement difficile.
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The first-person narrative is told from the point of view of Alexei Ivanovich, a tutor working for a Russian family living in a suite at a German hotel. The patriarch of the family, The General, is indebted to the Frenchman de Griers and has mortgaged his property in Russia to pay only a small amount of his debt. Upon learning of the illness of his wealthy aunt, "Grandmother", he sends streams of telegrams to Moscow and awaits the news of her demise. His expected inheritance will pay his debts and gain Mademoiselle Blanche de Cominges's hand in marriage.L'action se déroule à Roulettenbourg, une ville d'eau imaginaire d'Allemagne, dont le casino attire de nombreux touristes. Le narrateur, Alexeï Ivanovitch, qui vient d'arriver, ne possède rien ; précepteur dans une famille hétéroclite composée d'un général vieillissant amoureux fou de Mademoiselle Blanche, une jeune demi-mondaine française, des deux jeunes enfants dont il est le maître et de Paulina Alexandrovna, jeune fille dont Alexeï Ivanovitch est follement amoureux. Autour d'eux évoluent également Mr Astley, un riche Anglais franc, honnête et timide également amoureux de Paulina et le marquis des Grieux, Français pique-assiette aimé de Paulina. Cette famille est au bord de la ruine et attend la mort de la Baboulinka pour en percevoir l'énorme héritage.
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