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Original Short Stories - Volume 7

Guy de Maupassant

Book Overview: 

Collection of Short Stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'm off!'

"What a shock this was to the mind of a young girl endowed with all the instincts of a virtuous woman! What despair overwhelmed that simple soul! What mental tortures quenched her unbounded gaiety, her delightful laughter, her exultant satisfaction with life! What a conflict took place in that youthful heart up to the moment when the last guest had left! Those were things that Joseph could not tell me. But, the same night, Yvette abruptly entered her mother's room just as the comtesse was getting into bed, sent out the lady's maid, who was close to the door, and, standing erect and pale and with great staring eyes, she said:

"'Mamma, listen to what I heard a little while ago during the ball.'

"And she repeated word for word the conversation just as I told it to you.

"The comtesse was so stunned that she did not know wh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I liked some stories more than others. There were quite a few stories that were more character studies or a "slice of life" than a story with a specific plot. My favorites are: The False Gems, The Terror, A New Year's Gift, The Maison Tellier, My Wife, and The Apparition.