Classic Writings of Guy De Maupassant (Vol XII)
Maupassant is considered as one of the trendsetters like Somerset Maugham and O. Henry in the field of contemporary short story. He is famous for clever plotting and realistic art in displaying his subject. In The Double Pins, the story is displayed in the form of dialogue. In The Dowry, the woman longs for the perfect marriage, but on the contrary, her marriage is faced with huge challenges. The Drunkard is a tragedy of simple plots and unpredicable ending. The author describes the story in the logic and perspective of a drunken person. In The Effeminates, Maupassant criticizes the government as well as the society of his times thruogh descriptions of seemingly trivial details.
This book contains four short stories of Maupassant: The Double Pins, The Dowry, The Drunkard and The Effeminates. The Double Pins tells a story that the protagonist talks to his friends about his experience of being "cheated" by his two lovers. In The Dowry, after the protagonist wins his wife's trust, he absconds with the dowry. In The Drunkard, it is about a tragedy of death, which results from two sailors drinking in a bar. The Effeminates describes the treacherous and scheming nature of the effeminates.
The north wind was blowing a hurricane, driving through the sky big, black, heavy clouds from which the rain poured down on the earth with terrific violence.
A high sea was raging and dashing its huge, slow, foamy waves along the coast with the rumbling sound of thunder.
The waves followed each other close, rolling in as high as mountains, scattering the foam as they broke.
The storm engulfed itself in the little valley of Yport, whistling and moaning, tearing the shingles from the roofs, smashing the shutters, knocking down the chimneys, rushing through the narrow streets in such gusts that one could walk only by holding on to the walls, and children would have been lifted up like leaves and carried over the houses into the fields.
The Double Pins