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Original Short Stories - Volume 5

Guy de Maupassant

Book Overview: 

Collection of Short Stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ut he turned toward her, and raising his fist to strike her, he stammered out: "Oh—oh—this is too much, too much! I heard everything! Everything—do you understand? Everything! You wretch—you wretch! You are two wretches! Get out of the house, both of you! Immediately, or I shall kill you! Leave the house!"

She saw that it was all over, and that he knew everything; that she could not prove her innocence, and that she must comply. But all her impudence had returned to her, and her hatred for the man, which was aggravated now, drove her to audacity, made her feel the need of bravado, and of defying him, and she said in a clear voice: "Come, Limousin; as he is going to turn me out of doors, I will go to your lodgings with you."

But Limousin did not move, and Parent, in a fresh access of rage, cried out: "Go, will you? Go, you wretches! Or else&md. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Still not a fan of the short story, but I did enjoy Tombstone, After, and A Queer Night in Paris very much.

Fully half of the stories in Volume 5 of the Short Stories of Maupassant are only mediocre, though quite readable. Maupassant is a pleasure to read even at his worst. But the other five of the twelve stories presented here are sublime. "Waiter, a Bock" and "After" are small bookends each describing