Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Crossover Cover: Melmoth Reconciled
The immortal wanderer John Melmoth makes a deal with an embezzling cashier, who takes on Melmoth’s curse and all the power that goes with it. Melmoth dies in peace. The cashier works for the banker Baron Nucingen, and observes Nucingen’s wife flirting with the unscrupulous Rastignac. Also appearing are prostitutes Aquilina and Euphrasie and devious money lender Charles Claparon. This crossover connects Charles Robert Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer to Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine cycle of novels. Madame Nucingen and Rastignac began their affair in Balzac’s Père Goriot. Aquilina and Euphrasie first appeared in The Magic Skin, while Charles Claparon went on to appear in César Birotteau.