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The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume 2

Guy de Maupassant

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. . .y embraced gently, then clasped each other close, lying on the grass, without the knowledge of anything except of that kiss. She had closed her eyes and held him in her arms, pressing him to her closely, without a thought, with her reason bewildered, and from head to foot in passionate expectation. And she surrendered herself altogether, without knowing that she had given herself to him. But she soon came to herself with the feeling of a great misfortune, and she began to cry and sob with grief, with her face buried in her hands.

He tried to console her, but she wanted to start, to return, and to go home immediately, and she kept saying as she walked along quickly: "Good heavens! good heavens!" He said to her: "Louise! Louise! Please let us stop here." But now her cheeks were red and her eyes hollow, and as soon as they got to the railway station in Paris, she left him, without even saying good-bye.

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Community Reviews

I really enjoyed reading this. Death is always present in this book, sometimes when a character dies or when it falls to a dark pit and cannot leave. It seems to say that sometimes living with no purpose, goal or happinness is worse than death itself.
This book shows you different perspectives an...more