Title: The Mustache.
Date Read:18th October 2010
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: In a letter to her friend Lucy, Jeanne ruminates on the endearing and noble qualities of the male moustache.
Afterthoughts: It’s been almost three months since I last dipped into the wonderful world of Maupassant, and what a great story in which to reacquaint myself with French literary maestro. In this story Maupassant is fervent in his quest to promote the virtues of the moustache with regards to its sex appeal, and he also puts across a strong suggestion that the moustache stands as a symbol of French pride and nationalism. Very entertaining, and perhaps not a surprising story theme given Maupassant’s own preference for big, bushy handlebar moustaches. A bit of self promotion then? I should say! 🙂
Notable Quote: In fact, a man without a mustache is no longer a man. I do not care much for a beard; it almost always makes a man look untidy. But a mustache, oh, a mustache is indispensable to a manly face. No, you would never believe how these little hair bristles on the upper lip are a relief to the eye and good in other ways. I have thought over the matter a great deal but hardly dare to write my thoughts. Words look so different on paper and the subject is so difficult, so delicate, so dangerous that it requires infinite skill to tackle it.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.