The Life Work of Henri Rene Guy de Maupassant; Embracing Romance, Comedy & Verse, for the First Time Complete in English Volume 4
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...'Gone, mo'ssieuia; she has gone away!' "l do not know why, but his conviction, the conviction that she had run away with this vagabond, laid hold of me irresistibly in a moment. It was absurd--unlikely, and yet certain in virtue of that very unreasonableness which constitutes feminine logic. "Boiling over with indignation, I tried to recall the man's features, and I suddenly remembered having seen him the previous week, standing on a mound amid his flock, and watching me. He was a tall Bedouin, the color of whose bare limbs was blended with that of his rags; he was a type of a barbarous nomad, with high cheek-bones, and hooked nose, a retreating chin, thin legs, and a lean body in rags, with the shifty eyes of a jackal. "I did not doubt for a moment that she had run away with that beggar. Why? Because she was Allouma, a daughter of the desert. A girl from the pavement in Paris would have run away with my coachman, or some thief in the suburbs. "'Very well, ' I said to Mohammed. Then I got up, opened my window, and began to draw in the stifling south wind, for the sirocco was blowing, and I thought to myself: "'Good heavens! she is a woman, like so many others. Does anybody know what makes them act, what makes them love, what makes them follow, or throw over a man? You certainly do know occasionally; but often you don't, and sometimes you are in doubt. Why did she run away with that repulsive brute? Why? Perhaps, because the wind had been blowing regularly from the south for a month; that was enough; a breath of wind! Does she know, do they know, even the cleverest of them, why they act? No more than a weathercock that turns with the wind. An imperceptible breeze...
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- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white