Title: Mother Sauvage
Date Read: 18th January 2009
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Briefly: While walking in the countryside with a friend, the narrator happens upon a burnt-out cottage that he remembers from his last visit to the region, fifteen years previously. He turns to his friend and asks what became of the Sauvage family who used to live there. His friend replies, recounting the tale of when the Prussians came to stay.
Afterthoughts: Another Franco-Prussian War-themed story from Maupassant, but one which comes without any humour. Maupassant is clearly going for poignancy with this story rather than light entertainment, and he certainly achieves it.
Notable Quote: I was stepping along light as a goat, watching my two dogs running ahead of me, Serval, a hundred metres to my right, was beating a field of lucerne. I turned round by the thicket which forms the boundary of the wood of Sandres and I saw a cottage in ruins.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.