Title: Imprudence (also known as Indiscretion)
Date Read: 24th May 2010
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Briefly: Determined to put a spark back into their mundane and apathetic marriage, Henriette decides to invite her husband Paul to take her dining while she pretends to be his mistress. It all sounds like a sure-fire way to ignite something between them doesn’t it? But with a story title like that I’m not so sure.
Afterthoughts: This rather a fun tale from Maupassant. It’s playful and a little risque and I would imagine quite a few Parisians would have gotten hot under the collar reading this one when it was first published :). Call me an old romantic but for me the best part of this story is its opening. Extending for several paragraphs – one of which has been chosen for my notable quote below – Maupassant paints a beautiful picture of what it’s like when one first falls in love. Awwwww!!! 🙂
Notable Quote: So, for three months, they had lived side by side, and hand in hand. The greeting which they exchanged in the morning before the bath, in the freshness of the morning, or in the evening on the sand, under the stars, in the warmth of a calm night, whispered low, very low, already had the flavor of kisses, though their lips had never met.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.