The Village Rector

Author: Honore de Balzac


To Helene.

The tiniest boat is not launched upon the sea without the
protection of some living emblem or revered name, placed upon it
by the mariners. In accordance with this time-honored custom,
Madame, I pray you to be the protectress of this book now launched
upon our literary ocean; and may the Imperial name which the
Church has canonized and your devotion has doubly sanctified for
me guard it from perils.


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Chicago: Honore de Balzac, "Dedication," The Village Rector, trans. Katharine Prescott Wormeley in The Village Rector Original Sources, accessed June 17, 2024,

MLA: de Balzac, Honore. "Dedication." The Village Rector, translted by Katharine Prescott Wormeley, in The Village Rector, Original Sources. 17 Jun. 2024.

Harvard: de Balzac, H, 'Dedication' in The Village Rector, trans. . cited in , The Village Rector. Original Sources, retrieved 17 June 2024, from