La Fille aux yeux d'or

La Fille aux yeux d'or (English: The Girl With the Golden Eyes) is an 1835 novella by Honoré de Balzac. It is the third part of the Thirteen series, which includes the short stories Ferragus and La Duchesse de Langeais. It is also part of his La Comédie humaine novel sequence.

La Fille aux yeux d'or
Illustration from The Girl with the Golden Eyes. Philadelphia: George Barrie & Son, 1897.
AuthorHonoré de Balzac
SeriesLa Comédie humaine
Followed byLe Bal de Sceaux 

Plot summaryEdit

The story follows the decadent heir Henri de Marsay, who becomes enamored of the eponymous beauty, Paquita Valdes, and plots to seduce her. He succeeds but becomes disillusioned when he discovers she is also involved with another lover and so plots to murder her. When he arrives to kill her, he discovers that she is already dead by the hand of her lover, his half-sister. She declares that Paquita came from a land where women are no more than chattels, able to be bought and used in any way. In the last lines of the story, de Marsay tells a friend that the girl has died of "something to do with the chest,” by which he means tuberculosis.


In 1961, a film was released based on the novel starring Marie Laforêt, Paul Guers, Françoise Prévost, Françoise Dorléac and Jacques Verlier. It was adapted by Philippe Dumarçay, screenwritten by Pierre Pelegri, and directed by Jean-Gabriel Albicocco.[1]

See alsoEdit

Coppélia, The Girl with the Enamel Eyes, a ballet


  1. ^ "The Girl with the Golden Eyes (1961)". Retrieved 2 June 2018.

External linksEdit