Title: The Christening
Date Read: 24 June 2009
Available Online?: YES (it should be noted though, that the version I read was from the Capuchin Classics edition On Horseback and Other Stories).
Briefly: An old ship’s surgeon gives a lesson on the evils of alcohol by relating a sorrowful tale of tragedy; one he witnessed while staying in a small village in Brittany.
Afterthoughts: Ahhh..at last a De Maupassant tale that I don’t feel obliged to award full marks to (you guys must be beginning to think I’m being overly bias in my De Maupassant reviews). Fact is, although this isn’t a particularly badly-written story, it neither engages me or moves me like I know De Maupassant can. Whether this is because the story is so short I don’t know. The subject it explores is certainly powerfully enough, as is the conclusion. But for me, not one of the best I’ve read so far.
Notable Quote: “Not long before Christmas my gardener’s wife presented him with a boy. The husband asked me to stand as godfather. I could hardly turn aside the request, and he borrowed ten francs from me – for the cost of the christening, so he said”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.