Title: In the Wood.
Date Read: 31st May 2010
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Briefly: Having just sat down to his lunch the mayor is disturbed with the message that the local constable Hochedur is requesting his presence at the town hall. When he arrives he finds the constable standing over a middle-class aged couple; the man looking dejected and the woman defiant. Whatever could they have been involved in? The mayor is just about to find out.
Afterthoughts: This is a classic tale of comedy from Maupassant which comes with a liberal sprinkling of romanticism. Touching and funny, while also standing as an example that romance is never dead – no matter what your age – this is very much a ‘feel good’ tale from Maupassant, and one I recommend if only for its tenderness.
Notable Quote: Then Monsieur Beauain was seized with rage and turning to his wife, he said: “Do you see to what you have brought us with your poetry? And now we shall have to go before the courts at our age, for a breach of morals! And we shall have to shut up the shop, sell our good will, and go to some other neighborhood! That’s what it has come to.”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.