The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 10

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 10

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The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 10

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 10

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Although it was not yet ten o’clock, the clerks were pouring in through the building of the Ministry of Marine, hastening from all corners of Paris, for New Year’s Day, the time for zeal and promotion, was approaching. the noise of hurried footsteps filled the vast building, which was pierced by countless doors giving entry to the different offices.

Each man entered his compartment, shaking hands with those who had already arrived, took off his jacket and put on his office coat; then he sat down at his desk, where a pile of papers awaited him. Then the clerks visited one another to learn the news. They first asked whether the manager was there, whether he appeared to be in good humor, whether the mail was large.

The order clerk for “general business,” M. César Cachelin, a former non-commissioned officer of marines who had become head clerk through length of service, was registering in a large book everything the ushers brought in. Opposite him the copying clerk, Old Man Savon, who was known throughout the whole ministry for his conjugal troubles, was slowly copying a message from the man-

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