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Mademoiselle Fifi

Guy de Maupassant

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. . .The three young men wanted immediately to take their partners out of the room under pretext of offering them brushes and soap for washing and freshening up; but the Captain was wise enough not to allow it, claiming that they were clean enough to sit down to dinner, and for fear that those who went up might want to change their girls when they came down, and thus disturb the other couples. His experience prevailed. There were only plenty of kisses, kisses of expectancy.

Suddenly Rachel suffocated, coughing to tears and rejecting smoke through her nose. The Markgraf, feigning to kiss her, had blown a whiff of tobacco into her mouth. She did not get angry, did not utter a single word, but glared at her possessor with anger aroused way down at the bottom of her black eyes.

They sat down to dinner. The Commander himself seemed to be delighted; he took Pamela on his right and Blondine on his left, and while unfolding his napkin, he declared:—"T. . . Read More

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Maupassant reprend, dans cette œuvre, les thèmes de la guerre et de la prostitution qui ont fait son succès. Il reprend également les thèmes du libertinage, prend parfois des aspects macabres et pose des interrogations sur la mort.

Mademoiselle Fifi traite, comme plusieurs histoires de Maupassant réd

Dès qu’on a appris, en lisant la première histoire, que Mademoiselle Fifi n’est que le surnom d’un officier prussien qui, à part sa manière coquette de s’habiller a l’habitude de dire n’importe quand « fi, fi donc », on se rend compte quel est le supra-thème de ce petit recueil de récits réalistes:

Fa parte di una collan…ina di sei “Cortoromanzi”* allegati ad alcuni quotidiani. Mi hanno attirato soprattutto per essere ‘double-face’, cioè con testo originale a fronte (tre in francese, tre in inglese), dunque anche con un utile doppio scopo… scolastico, alleggerito dalla brevità dei racconti.
Ho

M-a lăsat plăcut impresionat. Niste istorioare ce sunt balzam pe suflet, niste adevăruri care îți aduc calmul sufletului neliniștit pe moment. Un bilet fără întoarcere în aventurile oamenilor maturi, în lumea îndrăgostiților puri si a adulterilor. S-a tras cortina si din umbra ei cineva îți spune: A

Pues... solo he leído el relato en sí, pero como no lo encontraba por separado en goodreads, dejo el comentario aquí.

Me gustó el principio porque iba a ciegas y no sabía que era lo que iba a encontrar. Me gustó la ironía de llamar al personaje en cuestión Mademoiselle Fifi.
Es un relato cargado de cr

"Depois, quando separávamos os lábios, dizias-me a rir, num riso claro: "É bom, meu cachorrinho!" A minha vontade seria bater-te. Porque tu deste-me sucessivamente, todos os nomes de animais e de legumes que encontraste, sem dúvida na "Cozinheira Dona de Casa", no "Perfeito Hortelão", nos "Elementos

In Maupassant's second collection of stories – most originally published in Gil Blas during 1882, under the pseudonym of ‘Maufrigneuse’ – he returns to some of the key themes that made him famous, namely prostitution and the Franco-Prussian War. Although his prose remains as limpid as ever, there is

Mademoiselle Fifi, Guy de Maupassant
Mademoiselle Fifi, is a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, published in 1882 in a collection of the same title. Like many of his short stories, such as Boule de Suif and Deux Amis, the story is set during the Franco-Prussian War and explores themes of

Mademoiselle Fifi, Guy de Maupassant
Mademoiselle Fifi, is a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, published in 1882 in a collection of the same title. Like many of his short stories, such as Boule de Suif and Deux Amis, the story is set during the Franco-Prussian War and explores themes of

Like many "classic" books, this one would be a lot less painful to read if I could temporarily forget that I'm female. But there are sentences like "Suddenly I saw my armchair absconding at a waddle" so...more

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