Une Vie and Other Stories

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Dec 31, 1909
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377
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Book 5



A DUEL OF HEARTS

Broad daylight streamed down into the vast studio through a skylight in the ceiling, which showed a large square of dazzling blue, a bright vista of limitless heights of azure, across which passed flocks of birds in rapid flight. But the glad light of heaven hardly entered this severe room, with high ceilings and draped walls, before it began to grow soft and dim, to slumber among the hangings and die in the portieres, hardly penetrating to the dark corners where the gilded frames of portraits gleamed like flame. Peace and sleep seemed imprisoned there, the peace characteristic of an artist's dwelling, where the human soul has toiled. Within these walls, where thought abides, struggles, and becomes exhausted in its violent efforts, everything appears weary and overcome as soon as the energy of action is abated; all seems dead after the great crises of life, and the furniture, the hangings, and the portraits of great personages still unfinished on the canvases, all seem to rest as if the whole place had suffered the master's fatigue and had toiled with him, taking part in the daily renewal of his struggle. A vague, heavy odor of paint, turpentine, and tobacco was in the air, clinging to the rugs and chairs; and no sound broke the deep silence save the sharp short cries of the swallows that flitted above the open skylight, and the dull, ceaseless roar of Paris, hardly heard above the roofs. Nothing moved except a little cloud of smoke that rose intermittently toward the ceiling with every puff that Olivier Bertin, lying upon his divan, blew slowly from a cigarette between his lips.

With gaze lost in the distant sky, he tried to think of a new subject for a painting. What should he do? As yet he did not know. He was by no means resolute and sure of himself as an artist, but was of an uncertain, uneasy spirit, whose undecided inspiration ever hesitated among all the manifestations of art. Rich, illustrious, the gainer of all honors, he nevertheless remained, in these his later years, a man who did not know exactly toward what ideal he had been aiming. He had won the Prix of Rome, had been the defender of traditions, and had evoked, like so many others, the great scenes of history; then, modernizing his tendencies, he had painted living men, but in a way that showed the influence of classic memories. Intelligent, enthusiastic, a worker that clung to his changing dreams, in love with his art, which he knew to perfection, he had acquired, by reason of the delicacy of his mind, remarkable executive ability and great versatility, due in some degree to his hesitations and his experiments in all styles of his art. Perhaps, too, the sudden admiration of the world for his works, elegant, correct, and full of distinctions, influenced his nature and prevented him from becoming what he naturally might have been. Since the triumph of his first success, the desire to please always made him anxious, without his being conscious of it; it influenced his actions and weakened his convictions. This desire to please was apparent in him in many ways, and had contributed much to his glory.
Book 2



INDEX
VOLUME I.
GUY DE MAUPASSANT
BOULE DE SUIF
TWO FRIENDS
THE LANCER'S WIFE
THE PRISONERS
TWO LITTLE SOLDIERS
FATHER MILON
A COUP D'ETAT
LIEUTENANT LARE'S MARRIAGE
THE HORRIBLE
MADAME PARISSE
MADEMOISELLE FIFI
A DUEL
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 2.
VOLUME II.
THE COLONEL'S IDEAS
MOTHER SAUVAGE
EPIPHANY
THE MUSTACHE
MADAME BAPTISTE
THE QUESTION OF LATIN
A MEETING
THE BLIND MAN
INDISCRETION
A FAMILY AFFAIR
BESIDE SCHOPENHAUER'S CORPSE
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 3.
VOLUME III.
MISS HARRIET
LITTLE LOUISE ROQUE
THE DONKEY
MOIRON
THE DISPENSER OF HOLY WATER
A PARRICIDE
BERTHA
THE PATRON
THE DOOR
A SALE
THE IMPOLITE SEX
A WEDDING GIFT
THE RELIC
"To the Abbe Louis d'Ennemare, at Soissons.
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 4.
VOLUME IV.
THE MORIBUND
THE GAMEKEEPER
THE STORY OF A FARM GIRL
PART I
PART II
PART III
PART IV
PART V
THE WRECK
It was yesterday, the 31st of December.
THEODULE SABOT'S CONFESSION
THE WRONG HOUSE
THE DIAMOND NECKLACE
THE MARQUIS DE FUMEROL
THE TRIP OF LE HORLA
FAREWELL!
THE WOLF
THE INN
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 5.
VOLUME V.
MONSIEUR PARENT
QUEEN HORTENSE
TIMBUCTOO
TOMBSTONES
MADEMOISELLE PEARL
THE THIEF
CLAIR DE LUNE
WAITER, A "BOCK"
AFTER
"My darlings," said the comtesse, "you might go to bed."
FORGIVENESS
IN THE SPRING
A QUEER NIGHT IN PARIS
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 6.
VOLUME VI.
THAT COSTLY RIDE
USELESS BEAUTY
I
THE FATHER
I
MY UNCLE SOSTHENES
THE BARONESS
MOTHER AND SON
THE HAND
A TRESS OF HAIR
ON THE RIVER
THE CRIPPLE
A STROLL
ALEXANDRE
THE LOG
JULIE ROMAIN
THE RONDOLI SISTERS
I
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 7.
VOLUME VII.
THE FALSE GEMS
FASCINATION
YVETTE SAMORIS
"The Comtesse Samoris."
A VENDETTA
MY TWENTY-FIVE DAYS
"THE TERROR"
LEGEND OF MONT ST. MICHEL
A NEW YEAR'S GIFT
FRIEND PATIENCE
What became of Leremy?"
ABANDONED
THE MAISON TELLIER
PART II
PART III
DENIS
MY WIFE
THE UNKNOWN
THE APPARITION
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 8.
VOLUME VIII.
CLOCHETTE
THE KISS
THE LEGION OF HONOR
THE TEST
FOUND ON A DROWNED MAN
THE ORPHAN
THE BEGGAR
He had seen better days, despite his present misery and infirmities.
THE RABBIT
HIS AVENGER
MY UNCLE JULES
THE MODEL
A VAGABOND
THE FISHING HOLE
THE SPASM
IN THE WOOD
MARTINE
ALL OVER
THE PARROT
I
THE PIECE OF STRING
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 9.
VOLUME IX.
TOINE
MADAME HUSSON'S "ROSIER"
THE ADOPTED SON
COWARD
OLD MONGILET
MOONLIGHT
THE FIRST SNOWFALL
SUNDAYS OF A BOURGEOIS
A RECOLLECTION
OUR LETTERS
THE LOVE OF LONG AGO
FRIEND JOSEPH
THE EFFEMINATES
OLD AMABLE
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 10.
VOLUME X.
THE CHRISTENING
"Well doctor, a little brandy?"
THE FARMER'S WIFE
Said the Baron Rene du Treilles to me:
THE DEVIL
THE SNIPE
THE WILL
WALTER SCHNAFFS' ADVENTURE
AT SEA
The following paragraphs recently appeared in the papers:
MINUET
THE SON
THAT PIG OF A MORIN
SAINT ANTHONY
LASTING LOVE
PIERROT
A NORMANDY JOKE
FATHER MATTHEW
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 11.
VOLUME XI.
THE UMBRELLA
BELHOMME'S BEAST
DISCOVERY
THE ACCURSED BREAD
THE DOWRY
THE DIARY OF A MADMAN
THE MASK
THE PENGUINS' ROCK
This is the season for penguins.
A FAMILY
SUICIDES
To Georges Legrand.
AN ARTIFICE
DREAMS
SIMON'S PAPA
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 12.
VOLUME XII.
THE CHILD
A COUNTRY EXCURSION
ROSE
ROSALIE PRUDENT
REGRET
A SISTER'S CONFESSION
COCO
DEAD WOMAN'S SECRET
A HUMBLE DRAMA
MADEMOISELLE COCOTTE
THE CORSICAN BANDIT
THE GRAVE
ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES, Vol. 13.
VOLUME XIII.
OLD JUDAS
THE LITTLE CASK
BOITELLE
A WIDOW
THE ENGLISHMAN OF ETRETAT
MAGNETISM
A FATHER'S CONFESSION
A MOTHER OF MONSTERS
AN UNCOMFORTABLE BED
A PORTRAIT
THE DRUNKARD
THE WARDROBE
THE MOUNTAIN POOL
A CREMATION
MISTI
MADAME HERMET
THE MAGIC COUCH
Book 9
The works of Guy de Maupassant, the undisputed master of the short story, are still among the most widely read masterpieces of French literature today. This comprehensive eBook presents Maupassant’s complete novels, stories, poetry and non-fiction, with numerous illustrations, introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* ALL 6 novels, with individual contents tables
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* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
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* Famous works such as BEL-AMI are fully illustrated with their original artwork
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CONTENTS:

The Novels
A LIFE
BEL-AMI
MONT ORIOL
PIERRE AND JEAN
STRONG AS DEATH
NOTRE COEUR

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays
A TALE OF OLD TIMES
MUSOTTE
A COMEDY OF MARRIAGE

The Poetry
DES VERS

The Travel Books
AU SOLEIL
SUR L’EAU
LA VIE ERRANTE

The Criticism
GUY DE MAUPASSANT by Joseph Conrad
INTRODUCTION TO THE WORKS OF GUY DE MAUPASSANT by Leo Tolstoy
GUY DE MAUPASSANT by Henry James
GUY DE MAUPASSANT: A STUDY by P. Neveux
GUY DE MAUPASSANT by John Cowper Powys
A NOTE ON MAUPASSANT by Brander Matthews

The Biography
RECOLLECTIONS OF GUY DE MAUPASSANT BY HIS VALET by Francois Tassart

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