The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 9

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 9

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The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 9

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 9

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Fresh from the baths, the early risers walked slowly, two by two or alone, under the great trees beside the brook that flows through the gorge of Enval.

Others coming from the village entered the building with a hurried air. It was a large structure, with the ground-floor reserved for hot baths; the upper floor for a casino, café and billiard hall.

After Dr. Bonnefille’s discovery in the depths of Enval of the great spring christened by him “Bonnefille,” some land owners in the vicinity had decided to erect the building and make the place a health and pleasure resort. It lay in the midst of a superb valley of Auvergne, wild yet bright, and shaded by giant walnut and chestnut trees. Mineral water, shower and other baths were furnished on the first story, and above, beer, wines and music. Part of the ravine along the brook had been enclosed as a park in which three paths were laid out, one nearly straight, the others winding. At the end . . .

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