Title: The Parrot
Date Read: 19 February 2012
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Briefly: Poor Desiree lives a tragic life. She may be married to a rich fisherman, but he treats her terribly, berating her at every opportunity, and beating her up behind closed doors. There looks to be absolutely no way out for the woman, until one stormy night…
Afterthoughts: I felt this to be a tale of two halves because it’s better in its first half than it is in its second. Don’t get me wrong the second part of this one is certainly satisfactory enough – especially with the nice little twist that it has in it – but the opening to the story just feels a little more engaging. I wouldn’t say that Maupassant ever pens anything that could be considered as being decidedly average, but this one certainly comes close to being just that.
Notable Quote: At last, when alone with her behind closed doors, he would thrash her on the slightest pretext. The least thing was sufficient to make him raise his hand, and when he had once begun he did not stop, but he would throw into her face the true motive for his anger. At each blow he would roar: “There, you beggar! There, you wretch! There, you pauper! What a bright thing I did when I rinsed my mouth with your rascal of a father’s apology for brandy.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.