Title: The Dispenser of Holy Water
Date Read: 11 February 2013
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: The wheelwright and his wife are overjoyed when they are graced with a son, but a few short years later their happiness turns to sorrow when five-year-old Jean goes missing.
Afterthoughts: Although this story isn’t completely enthralling, or the storyline anything unique i.e. child goes missing and heartbroken parents conduct a long and fruitless search, it comes with rather a warm and endearing ending. Worth reading for this alone.
Notable Quote: “Night came on. A brown vapor arose making distant objects look still farther away and giving them a dismal, weird appearance. Three tall pines, close at hand, seemed to be weeping. Still there was no reply, but the air appeared to be full of indistinct sighing. The father listened for some time, thinking he heard a sound first in one direction, then in another, and, almost beside himself, he ran, out into the night, calling incessantly “Jean! Jean!””
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.