proceeds to introduce the mistress to the richest man in Paris, who
"steals" the mistress away from the man, leaving him alone and $75,000 in
Next in her grand scheme, Bette gives him the name of a man who will loan
him the $75,000. However, the person turned out to be a loan shark who
charges 25 percent interest. Unable to pay, the young man is forced to
leave Paris with his wife and child.
Meanwhile, Bette's cousin marries the artist, who has been given a $200,000
grant from the government to make a statue. The statue turns out to be
awful and he is told the money must be repaid. Deviously, Bette tells him
to go to the mistress for the money, knowing that a love affair will
Bette then arranges for her dead cousin's widow, who still loves his
mistress, and the artist's wife to find the two lovers together. Then she
convinces the artist's wife to use force to take her husband back.
Accidentally, the artist is shot by his wife, and she is arrested for
I ended up feeling sorry for this family. This became a classic case of
misplaced anger. Bette punished her cousin's children, but they were not
the ones who ruined her life. Cousin Bette is a mean, vindictive
Classic plot revisited in Cousin Bette
Published: Sat Aug 22, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:34 p.m.