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La Paix Du Menage (the Peace Of The Household) - Act 2 La Paix Du Menage (the Peace Of The Household) - Act 2

La Paix Du Menage (the Peace Of The Household) - Act 2
ACT IISCENE I. Madame de Sallus _alone in her drawing-room, as in Act I. _She is writing; she stops and looks at the clock. A servant announces Monsieur Jacques de Randol. JACQUES DE RANDOL. (_after kissing Mme. de Sallus's _hand_) I trust you are well, Madame. MME. DE SALLUS. Oh, yes, thank you. (_Exit servant_.) JACQUES DE RANDOL. What is it all about? Your letter has completely upset me. I thought some accident had occurred, and I came immediately. MME. DE SALLUS. (_looks at him steadfastly_) My dear Jacques, we must decide upon some course of action immediately. The important hour... Plays - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 1776

La Paix Du Menage (the Peace Of The Household) - Act 1 La Paix Du Menage (the Peace Of The Household) - Act 1

La Paix Du Menage (the Peace Of The Household) - Act 1
ACT IDRAMATIS PERSONAE MONSIEUR DE SALLUS JACQUES DE RANDOL. MADAME DE SALLUS Time: Paris, 1890 ACT I SCENE I. (Mme. de Sallus _in her drawing-room, seated in a corner by the fireplace. Enter Jacques de RANDOL _noiselessly; glances to see that no one is looking, and kisses Mme. de Sallus _quickly upon her hair. She starts; utters a faint cry, and turns upon him.) MME. DE SALLUS. Oh! How imprudent you are! JACQUES DE RANDOL. Don't be afraid; no one saw me. MME. DE SALLUS. But the servants! JACQUES DE RANDOL. Oh, they are in the outer hall. MME. DE SALLUS.... Plays - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 3536

Musotte, Or A Critical Situation: A Comedy In Three Acts - Act 3 Musotte, Or A Critical Situation: A Comedy In Three Acts - Act 3

Musotte, Or A Critical Situation: A Comedy In Three Acts - Act 3
ACT IIISCENE I. (_Same setting as in Act I.) (Monsieur de Petitpre, Mme. de Ronchard, M. Martinel, _and Leon.) MME. DE RONCHARD. (_walks about in an agitated manner_) Seven minutes to midnight! It is nearly two hours since Jean left us! LEON. (_seated L.) But, my dear Aunt, just allow a half hour in the carriage for going and a half hour for returning, and there remains just one hour for the business he had to attend to. MME. DE RONCHARD. Was it so very long, then--the business that called him hence? LEON. Yes, my dear Aunt; and now, why worry... Plays - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 3265

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 6. The Ashes Of Love Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 6. The Ashes Of Love

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 6. The Ashes Of Love
PART II CHAPTER VI. THE ASHES OF LOVEOn the Boulevard two names were heard from all lips: "Emma Helsson" and "Montrose." The nearer one approached the Opera, the oftener he heard those names repeated. Immense posters, too, affixed to the Morris columns, announced them in the eyes of passers, and in the evening air could be felt the excitement of an approaching event. That heavy monument called the National Academy of Music, squatted under the black sky, exhibited to the crowd before its doors the pompous, whitish facade and marble colonnade of its balcony, illuminated like a stage setting by invisible... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2437

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 5. A Waning Moon Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 5. A Waning Moon

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 5. A Waning Moon
PART II CHAPTER V. A WANING MOONFixed ideas have the tenacity of incurable maladies. Once entered in the soul they devour it, leaving it no longer free to think of anything, or to have a taste for the least thing. Whatever she did, or wherever she was, alone or surrounded by friends, she could no longer rid herself of the thought that had seized her in coming home side by side with her daughter. Could it be that Olivier, seeing them together almost every day, thought continually of the comparison between them? Surely he must do it in spite of himself,... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2544

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 4. Sweet Poison Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 4. Sweet Poison

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 4. Sweet Poison
PART II CHAPTER IV. SWEET POISONWith slow steps, Olivier returned to his own house, troubled as if he had just learned some shameful family secret. He tried to sound his heart, to see clearly within himself, to read those intimate pages of the inner book which seemed glued together, and which sometimes only a strange hand can turn over by separating them. Certainly he did not believe himself in love with Annette. The Countess, whose watchful jealousy never slept, had foreseen this danger from afar, and had signaled it before it even existed. But might that peril exist to-morrow, the day... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 880

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 3. A Dangerous Warning Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 3. A Dangerous Warning

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 3. A Dangerous Warning
PART II CHAPTER III. A DANGEROUS WARNINGAs soon as the Countess was alone with her daughter in her carriage, which was taking her back to her home, she suddenly felt tranquil and quieted, as if she had just passed through a serious crisis. She breathed easier, smiled at the houses, recognized with joy the look of the city, whose details all true Parisians seem to carry in their eyes and hearts. Each shop she passed suggested the ones beyond, on a line along the Boulevard, and the tradesman's face so often seen behind his show-case. She felt saved. From what? Reassured.... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2483

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 2. Springtime And Autumn Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 2. Springtime And Autumn

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 2. Springtime And Autumn
PART II CHAPTER II. SPRINGTIME AND AUTUMNThe Countess and her daughter, dressed in black crape, had just seated themselves opposite each other, for breakfast, in the large dining-room at Roncieres. The portraits of many ancestors, crudely painted, one in a cuirass, another in a tight-fitting coat, this a powdered officer of the French Guards, that a colonel of the Restoration, hung in line on the walls, a collection of deceased Guilleroys, in old frames from which the gilding was peeling. Two servants, stepping softly, began to serve the two silent women, and the flies made a little cloud of black specks,... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 856

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 1. A Willing Envoy Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 1. A Willing Envoy

Strong As Death - Part 2 - Chapter 1. A Willing Envoy
PART II CHAPTER I. A WILLING ENVOY"Paris, July 20, 11 P. M. "MY FRIEND: My mother has just died at Roncieres. We shall leave here at midnight. Do not come, for we have told no one. But pity me and think of me. YOUR ANY." "July 21, 12 M. "MY POOR FRIEND: I should have gone, notwithstanding what you wrote, if I had not become used to regarding all your wishes as commands. I have thought of you with poignant grief ever since last night. I think of that silent journey you made, sitting opposite your daughter and your husband, in... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 1181

Strong As Death - Part 1 - Chapter 4. A Double Jealousy Strong As Death - Part 1 - Chapter 4. A Double Jealousy

Strong As Death - Part 1 - Chapter 4. A Double Jealousy
PART I CHAPTER IV. A DOUBLE JEALOUSYOne would have said that all the carriages in Paris were making a pilgrimage to the Palais de l'Industrie that day. As early as nine o'clock in the morning they began to drive, by way of all streets, avenues, and bridges, toward that hall of the fine arts where all artistic Paris invites all fashionable Paris to be present at the pretended varnishing of three thousand four hundred pictures. A long procession of visitors pressed through the doors, and, disdaining the exhibition of sculpture, hastened upstairs to the picture gallery. Even while mounting the steps... Long Stories - Post by : Privlist - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 789

Yvette - Chapter 4. From Emotion To Philosophy Yvette - Chapter 4. From Emotion To Philosophy

Yvette - Chapter 4. From Emotion To Philosophy
CHAPTER IV. FROM EMOTION TO PHILOSOPHYThe following day, early in the morning, Yvette went out alone to the place where Servigny had read her the history of the ants. She said to herself: "I am not going away from this spot without having formed a resolution." Before her, at her feet, the water flowed rapidly, filled with large bubbles which passed in silent flight with deep whirlings. She already had summed up the points of the situation and the means of extricating herself from it. What should she do if her mother would not accept the conditions which she had imposed,... Long Stories - Post by : homepro2 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 1073

Yvette - Chapter 3. Enlightenment Yvette - Chapter 3. Enlightenment

Yvette - Chapter 3. Enlightenment
CHAPTER III. ENLIGHTENMENTYvette, also, could not sleep. Like her mother, she leaned upon the sill of the open window, and tears, her first bitter tears, filled her eyes. Up to this time she had lived, had grown up, in the heedless and serene confidence of happy youth. Why should she have dreamed, reflected, puzzled? Why should she not have been a young girl, like all other young girls? Why should a doubt, a fear, or painful suspicion have come to her? She seemed posted on all topics because she had a way of talking on all subjects, because she had taken... Long Stories - Post by : homepro2 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2436

Yvette - Chapter 2. Bougival And Love Yvette - Chapter 2. Bougival And Love

Yvette - Chapter 2. Bougival And Love
CHAPTER II. Bougival and LoveThey had set the table on the veranda which overlooked the river. The Printemps villa, leased by the Marquise Obardi, was halfway up this hill, just at the corner of the Seine, which turned before the garden wall, flowing toward Marly. Opposite the residence, the island of Croissy formed a horizon of tall trees, a mass of verdure, and they could see a long stretch of the big river as far as the floating cafe of La Grenouillere hidden beneath the foliage. The evening fell, one of those calm evenings at the waterside, full of color yet... Long Stories - Post by : homepro2 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 1394

Yvette - Chapter 1. The Initiation Of Saval Yvette - Chapter 1. The Initiation Of Saval

Yvette - Chapter 1. The Initiation Of Saval
CHAPTER I. The Initiation of SavalAs they were leaving the Cafe Riche, Jean de Servigny said to Leon Saval: "If you don't object, let us walk. The weather is too fine to take a cab." His friend answered: "I would like nothing better." Jean replied: "It is hardly eleven o'clock. We shall arrive much before midnight, so let us go slowly." A restless crowd was moving along the boulevard, that throng peculiar to summer nights, drinking, chatting, and flowing like a river, filled with a sense of comfort and joy. Here and there a cafe threw a flood of light upon... Long Stories - Post by : homepro2 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 770

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 9 Pierre And Jean - Chapter 9

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 9
CHAPTER 9Letters of recommendation from Professors Mas-Roussel, Remusot,Flache, and Borriquel, written in the most flattering terms withregard to Dr. Pierre Roland, their pupil, had been submitted by M.Marchand to the directors of the Transatlantic Shipping Co., secondedby M. Poulin, judge of the Chamber of Commerce, M. Lenient, a greatship-owner, and Mr. Marival, deputy to the Mayor of Havre, and aparticular friend of Captain Beausires's. It proved that no medicalofficer had yet been appointed to the Lorraine, and Pierre was luckyenough to be nominated within a few days.The letter announcing it was handed to him one morning by Josephine,just as he was... Long Stories - Post by : James_Barone - Date : July 2011 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 1783

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 8 Pierre And Jean - Chapter 8

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 8
CHAPTER 8When he got back to his lodgings Jean dropped on a sofa; for thesorrows and anxieties which made his brother long to be moving, and toflee like a hunted prey, acted differently on his torpid nature andbroke the strength of his arms and legs. He felt too limp to stir afinger, even to get to bed; limp body and soul, crushed and heart-broken. He had not been hit, as Pierre had been, in the purity offilial love, in the secret dignity which is the refuge of a proudheart; he was overwhelmed by a stroke of fate which, at the same... Long Stories - Post by : Kuldip - Date : July 2011 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2519

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 7 Pierre And Jean - Chapter 7

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 7
CHAPTER 7In the break, on their way home, all the men dozed excepting Jean.Beausire and Roland dropped every five minutes on to a neighbour'sshoulder which repelled them with a shove. Then they sat up, ceased tosnore, opened their eyes, muttered, "A lovely evening!" and almostimmediately fell over on the other side.By the time they reached Havre their drowsiness was so heavy that theyhad great difficulty in shaking it off, and Beausire even refused togo to Jean's rooms where tea was waiting for them. He had to be setdown at his own door.The young lawyer was to sleep in his new abode... Long Stories - Post by : WebErika - Date : July 2011 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2476

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 6 Pierre And Jean - Chapter 6

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 6
CHAPTER 6For a week or two nothing occurred. The father went fishing; Jean,with his mother's help, was furnishing and settling himself; Pierre,very gloomy, never was seen excepting at meal-times.His father having asked him one evening: "Why the deuce do you alwayscom in with a face as cheerful as a funeral? This is not the firsttime I have remarked it."The doctor replied: "The fact is I am terribly conscious of the burdenof life."The old man did not have a notion what he meant, and with an aggrievedlook he went on: "It really is too bad. Ever since we had the goodluck to... Long Stories - Post by : Range - Date : July 2011 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 2651

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 5 Pierre And Jean - Chapter 5

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 5
CHAPTER 5But the doctor's frame lay scarcely more than an hour or two in thetorpor of troubled slumbers. When he awoke in the darkness of hiswarm, closed room he was aware, even before thought was awake in him,of the painful oppression, the sickness of heart which the sorrow wehave slept on leaves behind it. It is as though the disaster of whichthe shock merely jarred us at first, had, during sleep, stolen intoour very flesh, bruising and exhausting it like a fever. Memoryreturned to him like a blow, and he sat up in bed. Then slowly, one byone, he again went... Long Stories - Post by : larryoz - Date : July 2011 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 1245

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 4 Pierre And Jean - Chapter 4

Pierre And Jean - Chapter 4
CHAPTER 4These slumbers, lapped in Champagne and Chartreuse, had soothed andcalmed him, no doubt, for he awoke in a very benevolent frame of mind.While he was dressing he appraised, weighed, and summed up theagitations of the past day, trying to bring out quite clearly andfully their real and occult causes, those personal to himself as wellas those from outside.It was, in fact, possible that the girl at the beer-shop had had anevil suspicion--a suspicion worthy of such a hussy--on hearing thatonly one of the Roland brothers had been made heir to a stranger; buthave not such natures as she always similar... Long Stories - Post by : Lynda - Date : July 2011 - Author : Guy De Maupassant - Read : 772