Title: Old Mongilet
Date Read: 18th November 2013
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Briefly: Unlike the rest of his office chums, old Mongilet wasn’t taken with spending his summer weekends frolicking in the country. In fact preferring to spend his Sundays touring Paris on an omnibus, the old fella hadn’t been out into the country for 20 years. He’s just about to tell his workmates exactly why.
Afterthoughts: A rollicking tale this one from Maupassant, full of trademark humour. And although it may not be the funniest of M’s stories I’ve read thus far (that would be Our Spot, A Coup d’Etat or In The Wood), it’s certainly entertaining. The character of Madame Boivin – described below – is a delight to behold.
Notable Quote: ““I rang, and waited a long time, and at last the door was opened. What was it that opened it? I could not tell at the first glance. A woman or an ape? The creature was old, ugly, covered with old clothes that looked dirty and wicked. It had chicken’s feathers in its hair and looked as though it would devour me.”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.