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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...more

مجموعة قصصية جميلة وخفيفة، من روائع القصص الفرنسية
أسلوب الكاتب فيها بسيط وممتع
تستعرض القصص بعضًا من الظواهر الاجتماعية في فرنسا، زمن الكاتب

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 réaliste...more

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....more

Una delizia breve, da gustare assieme al caffè, ridacchiando amaramente dell'ironia spesso intrinseca della vita.

À chaque fois, je tombe dans le piège. Je pense que c'est un roman mais il s'avère que c'est une multitude de nouvelles, les unes après les autres. Pourtant, je ne suis jamais déçue. Chaque nouvelle est écrite avec tant de qualités et de soins. Les descriptions, les personnages, tout est fait pou...more

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...more

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...more

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...more

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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