The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 1

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 1

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The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 1

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 1

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Une Vie

Or, the history of a heart

The weather was most distressing. It had rained all night. the roaring of the overflowing gutters filled the deserted streets, in which the houses, like sponges, absorbed the humidity, which penetrating to the interior, made the walls sweat from cellar to garret. Jeanne had left the convent the day before, free for all time, ready to seize all the joys of life, of which she had dreamed so long. She was afraid her father would not set out for the new home in bad weather, and for the hundredth time since daybreak she examined the horizon. Then she noticed that she had omitted to put her calendar in her travelling bag. She took from the wall the little card which bore in golden figures the date of the current year, 1819. Then she marked with a pencil the first four columns, drawing a line through the name of each saint up to the 2d of May, the day that she left the convent. a voice outside the door called “Jeannette.” Jeanne replied, “Come in, papa.” and her father entered. Baron Simon-Jacques Le Perthuis des Vauds was a . . .

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