Title: That Pig of a Morin
Date Read: 2 July 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: Returning from a trip to the French capital with his judgment clouded by lust, the shopkeeper Morin tries to kiss a pretty woman traveling in the same train carriage . With the woman pressing charges and Morin finding himself the target of his wife’s hostilities, the narrator (a friend of Morin), is called to see if he can persuade the young lady to drop her charges.
Afterthoughts: For a story that starts off so well, it ends up being fairly mediocre in its climax. Parts of the story are rather comical at times, and there is an unexpected twist to the tale, but for me this isn’t a story which shows Maupassant at his absolute best.
Notable Quote: “Day broke and soon the first ray of sunlight appeared, a long, clear ray which shone on the face of the sleeping girl and woke her. She sat up, looked at the country, then at Morin and smiled. She smiled like a happy woman, with a bright engaging look, and Morin trembled. Certainly that smile was intended for him; it was discreet invitation, the signal which he was waiting for. That smile meant to say: ‘How stupid, what a dolt you are, to have sat there on your seat like a post all night, when you have been alone with a pretty woman, you great simpleton!”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.