Although both of Eugène and Denise demanded wealth, the differences in their accepted values and characteristics resulted in the adverse methods in seeking success in Paris. On page 35, Balzac mentioned that,
“At first he had decided to throw himself blindly into work; but he had been immediately diverted by the need of acquiring connections. He had observed how strong the influence of women was in social life, and suddenly he decided to strike out into society and find himself patronesses” (35).
Although Eugène was capable of obtaining success through hard work, he took a short cut by finding a lover and introducing himself into the upper society. He could succeed if he study hard; however, he was so eager to enjoy the luxurious lifestyle and accompany the beautiful ladies that he was deviated from his original path to success. It shows the weakness resisting the influences from the environment. When Eugène meets Madame de Beauséant, he desperately claims that, “I’m sure it must be extremely difficult in Paris to meet a young, pretty, rich, smart, unattached women, and I need one to teach me what you women are so good expounding: life” (75, Balzac). In order to squeeze himself into the aristocracy in Paris, the easiest and