Date Read: 29th August 2011
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Believing that there is no crime worse than a man who cannot control his sexual ardour, resulting in him taking from a woman her purity and innocence, Dr. Sorbier relates the unfortunate tale of a poor man for whom the tables are turned, where the woman is the one playing the role of seducer.
Afterthoughts: This is a fairly good story from Maupassant but nothing of it is particularly outstanding or different to the norm.
Notable Quote: I do not know any viler fault, nor any meaner action than to attack a girl’s innocence, to corrupt her, to profit by a moment of unconscious weakness and of madness, when her heart is beating like that of a frightened fawn, when her body, which has been unpolluted up till then, is palpitating with mad desire and her pure lips seek those of her seducer; when her whole being is feverish and vanquished, and she abandons herself without thinking of the irremediable stain, nor of her fall nor of the painful awakening on the morrow.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.