Title: The Colonel’s Ideas.
Date Read:18th October 2010
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Eager to illustrate that man is truly empowered by the presence of a pretty woman, Colonel Laporte relates a tale of the time he was stranded behind enemy lines with a detachment of men, in the middle of winter.
Afterthoughts: Yet another wonderfully entertaining story from Maupassant, which is both patriotic and heavily anti-Prussian. I’ve read a good number of the Maupassant stories that are based around the 1870 War. Some are funny. Some are sad. This one however is solely a celebration of French spirit and courage; well that and a charming tribute to the fairer members of the French population. Vive la France!
Notable Quote: “But I am not the only one, certainly not; the whole French army is like me, I swear to you. From the common soldier to the general, we all start out, from the van to the rear guard, when there is a woman in the case, a pretty woman. Do you remember what Joan of Arc made us do formerly? Come. I will make a bet that if a pretty woman had taken command of the army on the eve of Sedan, when Marshal MacMahon was wounded, we should have broken through the Prussian lines, by Jove! and had a drink out of their guns.”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.