Title: Mother and Son
Date Read: 10 April 2017
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Maitre Le Brument (‘the illustrious judge’), tells of the time that he was summoned to the bedside of a dying woman, and asked to seek out a certain heir, long missing under sorrowful circumstances.
Afterthoughts: Maupassant pulls at the heart strings somewhat here, as he attempts to teach something of a moral lesson i.e. essentially your mother is always your mother, and you should stick by her whatever the circumstances. Lesson learnt, in a quiet and yet subtly dramatic way.
Notable Quote: He, the young man, was fond of my — my lover, almost as fond of him as I was myself, for he had been equally cherished and cared for by both of us. He used to call him his ‘dear friend,’ and respected him immensely, having never received from him anything but wise counsels and an example of integrity, honor, and probity. He looked upon him as an old loyal and devoted comrade of his mother, as a sort of moral father, guardian, protector…
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.