Date Read: 10th January 2011
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Briefly: Having lived somewhat sheltered throughout her formative years, one would be forgiven for thinking that Bertha’s situation would change once she became married to George Baron, a rich dealer on the Parisian Stock Exchange. Not so. Bertha’s married life continues to be as sheltered and as closed as her single life was before it. That is, until a particularly letter falls into her hands.
Afterthoughts: This is a wonderfully engaging tale from Maupassant; one which explores the subject of naivety using a very effective storyline. It’s cruel, it’s heartbreaking and it comes with an ending that’ll have you musing over it for hours.
Notable Quote: Devoted to her house, she knew scarcely anything beyond her own street; and when she ventured into another part of Paris it seemed to her that she had accomplished a long and arduous journey into some unknown, unexplored city.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.