Title: In The Spring
Date Read: 8th March 2010
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Briefly: Full of the joys of Spring the young narrator sets off on a walk. He soon finds himself aboard a steamer on the Siene, facing an attractive woman. Just as he is about to strike up a conversation with the amiable and quietly flirtatious lady, a man pulls the narrator to one side. He offers a stark warning on the hidden dangers that the onset of Spring can bring with it.
Afterthoughts: I rather found this to be a delightful little tale, and I couldn’t have read it at a more appropriate time (the opening days of Spring), or in a more appropriate setting (while walking in the woods). What Maupassant does best in this tale is wholly encapsulate the widespread feeling of well-being and awakening that the onset of Spring brings. In other words he explores the concept of Spring Fever, and with it he brings a message of warning for those who may find themselves, intoxicated with the feelings of renewed vitality. It’s a great story, and best read during the opening of the Spring season.
Notable Quote: “I had a girl neighbor; a little work-girl, no doubt, who possessed the true Parisian charm: a little head, with light curly hair, which looked like a shimmer of light as it danced in the wind, came down to her ears, and descended to the nape of her neck, where it became such fine, light- colored clown that one could scarcely see it, but felt an irresistible desire to shower kisses on it.”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.