Date Read: 18th November 2013
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Briefly: Madame Julie Roubere is excited to see her elder sister, Madame Henriette Letore who has returned from a trip to Switzerland. They embrace warmly and all is well, that is until the younger sister fetches a lamp and spots the two locks of white hair running from her older sister’s temples.
Afterthoughts: A brief but lovely story from Maupassant, in which he romanticises about the beauty of nature, and the powerful affect that it can have on the human soul. The older sister is gripped by a poetic ardor which cannot be sated nor controlled. Her husband is the complete opposite, sharing nothing of his wife’s passion. It all leads to a rather predictable ending, but it’s no less enjoyable. Definitely the kind of Maupassant tale that leaves lingering thoughts.
Notable Quote: “”During the month when we were travelling together, my husband, with his calm indifference, paralyzed my enthusiasm, extinguished my poetic ardor. When we were descending the mountain paths at sunrise, when as the four horses galloped along with the diligence, we saw, in the transparent morning haze, valleys, woods, streams, and villages, I clasped my hands with delight, and said to him: ‘How beautiful it is, dear! Give me a kiss! Kiss me now!’ He only answered, with a smile of chilling kindliness: ‘There is no reason why we should kiss each other because you like the landscape.'”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.