Title: The Rabbit
Date Read: 19 February 2012
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Briefly: Farmer Lecacheur’s servant runs up to him early one morning to tell him that his gray rabbit was stolen from its hutch during the night. He quickly sends the servant girl off to the village to fetch the gendarmes.
Afterthoughts: With a cast made up of a fat farmer and his skinny wife, an aged labourer who has a penchant for thievery, a simpleton shepherd and his immoral wife, and two hapless gendarmes – one fat and one thin – this has the makings of a riotous and enjoyable story. Alas, it doesn’t really turn out to be. The story doesn’t really get off the ground, and it ends up being rather bland. There is a nice moment of slapstick when the gendarmes are trying to extricate someone from a hiding place, but this ends up being the only brief highlight of the entire story. *Sob* Oh well, they can’t all be five star stories I guess.
Notable Quote: This Polyte was a laborer, who had been employed on the farm for a few days, and who had been dismissed by Lecacheur for an insolent answer. He was an old soldier, and was supposed to have retained his habits of marauding and debauchery front his campaigns in Africa. He did anything for a livelihood, but whether he were a mason, a navvy, a reaper, whether he broke stones or lopped trees, he was always lazy, and so he remained nowhere for long, and had, at times, to change his neighborhood to obtain work.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.