Devouring De Maupassant: Thief

Title: Thief.
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.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).