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Original Short Stories - Volume 4

Guy de Maupassant

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Collection of Short Stories

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PART I

As the weather was very fine, the people on the farm had hurried through their dinner and had returned to the fields.

The servant, Rose, remained alone in the large kitchen, where the fire was dying out on the hearth beneath the large boiler of hot water. From time to time she dipped out some water and slowly washed her dishes, stopping occasionally to look at the two streaks of light which the sun threw across the long table through the window, and which showed the defects in the glass.

Three venturesome hens were picking up the crumbs under the chairs, while the smell of the poultry yard and the warmth from the cow stall came in through the half-open door, and a cock was heard crowing in the distance.

When she had finished her work, wiped down the table. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Favorite in this volume was the last story "The Inn". Quite chilling. Literally.

This collection is a superb introduction to Guy de Maupassant, much like volume 2 of this series that I reviewed earlier. There are twelve stories and novellas here, with a full seven being masterpieces in the art of the short story. To read The Wreck, The Trip of La Horla, The Inn and a few others