Manon Lescaut is a novel written by Abbé Prévost and published in 1731.
It is the eighth book in the Memoirs and Adventures of a Man of Quality series. Set in the 18th century between France and Louisiana, it continues the story of hero Chevalier des Grieux and his lover Manon.
The Chevalier des Grieux, a seventeen-year-old boy studying philosophy, comes from a wealthy noble family but is disinherited by running away with his lover Manon. Both young men took refuge in Paris, where Des Grieux tries to earn money in any way, including loans and bets, to satisfy Manon's refined desires. When Des Grieux leaves him for another man with greater wealth.
The couple eventually ends up in New Orleans, where they pretend to be married and live relatively peacefully. But one day Des Grieux reveals to the governor that he is actually single, which will complicate things and a new suitor will appear for Manon...
The book, quite controversial at the time, enjoyed great fame and circulation upon its launch, and due to the ban in France, it was published in clandestine editions.
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It has never surprised me that human resolutions should be subject to change: one passion prompts them‚ another may overturn them.
May your criminal enjoyments vanish as a shadow! may your ill-gotten wealth leave you without a resource; and may you yourself remain alone and deserted, to learn the vanity of these things, which now divert you from better pursuits!
The portrait I have to paint is of…an ambiguous character, a mixture of virtues and vices, a perpetual contrast between good impulses and bad actions.