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This is the second book of book of La Comédie Humaine – Scènes de la vie privée.
According to Wikipedia “the first edition of this novella was published in 1830 by Mame and Delaunay-Vallée in the Scènes de la vie privée (Scenes of Private Life). It was republished in 1835 by Madame Charles-Béchet, in 1839 in the Charpentier edition, and then in 1842 in the first volume of the Furne edition of la Comédie Humaine”.
The English version can be found at The Ball at Sceaux.
The original French text at Wikisource.