Title: Two Friends
Date Read: 22 March 2009
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Briefly: Despite the Prussian siege of the French capital, two Parisian gentlemen – watchmaker Monsieur Morissot and draper Monsieur Sauvage, decide to seek permission to pass through the fortified French lines in order to re-engage in their weekly pastime of fishing the Ile Marante in Colombes. Permission is granted and the two settle down for a day’s fishing, with any thoughts of their country at war, being far from them minds.
Afterthoughts: I’m in awe because this is a truly beautiful story from De Maupassant, with so many elements to it – friendship, loyalty, hope, despair, and all told in a simple yet profound way. I’ve already had a recent epiphany over one French author a couple of weeks ago (Proust) and this story (along with La Horla) is convincing me that I’m just about to have a second (so don’t be surprised if I announce another new personal reading challenge next week :o)).
Notable Quote: “Before the war broke out Morissot had been in the habit, every Sunday morning, of setting forth with a bamboo rod in his hand and a tin box on his back. He took the Argenteuil train, got out at Colombes, and walked thence to the Ile Marante. The moment he arrived at this place of his dreams he began fishing, and fished till nightfall.”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.