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Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassa

Guy de Maupassant

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .de with a frightful grimace and stuck the barrel into it as if he wanted to swallow it. He remained in this position for some seconds without moving, his finger on the trigger. Then, suddenly seized with a shudder of horror, he dropped the pistol on the carpet.

He fell back on his armchair, sobbing:

"I cannot. I dare not! My God! my God! How can I have the courage to kill myself?'"

There was a knock at the door. He rose up, bewildered. A servant said:

"Monsieur's dinner is ready."

He replied:

"All right. I'm coming down."

Then he picked up the revolver, locked it up again in the drawer and looked at himself in the mirror over the mantelpiece to see whether his face did not look too much troubled. It was as red as usual, a little redder perhaps. That was all. He went down and seated himself at table.

He ate slowly, like a man . . . Read More

Community Reviews

loved it more and more the further in i got, very ironic, often sad and troubling, but always well written

A bit shell-shocked after so many pages, but it's pretty amazing how well a bunch of Franco-Prussian War era short stories hold up.