Title: The Father
Date Read: 09 January 2012
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Briefly: Clerk, Francois Tessier falls in love with a woman (Lousie) on his daily commute. Despite the woman’s shy and cautious nature the couple eventually take a day trip to Maisons-Laffitte, where their relationship, and the clerk’s ardour, begins to be tested.
Afterthoughts: A splendid tale from Maupassant about love, loss and regret. The loss may not be quite what one might expect it to be, but it is such that the regret is one that can be empathetically felt by all who read this story. I’ve certainly read more powerful on the theme of love and loss from Maupassant (Miss Harriet for instance), but this is still a beautifully rendered tale.
Notable Quote: He thought of her all the rest of the day, saw her image continually during the long office hours. He was haunted and bewitched by that floating and yet tenacious recollection which the form of a beloved woman leaves in us, and it seemed to him that if he could win that little person it would be maddening happiness to him, almost above human realization.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.