Catastrophe (part four)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (four)                   At Basse-Terre, we were reassured. At Pointe we found a thousand Martiniquais refugees, of whom around five hundred had come not wanting to stay at Fort-de-France, for being told it was rendered uninhabitable by the previous […]

Catastrophe (part three)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (part three)                 To report… Now, the fact, at Saint-Pierre, is that these inhabitants wanted to go. And if these seems to you too general, absolutely, take that portion of the inhabitants whose example had the chance of being […]

Catastrophe (part two)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (two)                 The fifth of May, when the volcano had ravaged the valley of the Rivière-Blanche, and the approaches to the Prêcheur, he [Mouttet] alerted Paris. The sixth of May, when the volcano, in devastating the valley of the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique (one)

      Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique   (notes of a reporter)     1902           To the lost souls of forty thousand of Saint-Pierre I dedicate this work of a reporter.         Preface       Forty thousand victims… This statistic is not exact […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (conclusion)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-four)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     And so Patrice spoke the truth. A word lives on, a word radiates! The written word influences more, at times, than purposed. The written word, again by […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-three)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     It has been two years today. Two years, since I arrived at the house, to find the shutters closed. Between the slats, rays of a pale yellow […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-two)                                   iv.     A fine rain, that lasted through the morning, dampened the woods next day. Patrice had not left the house. Ushered by Marie-Jeanne, Annie found him in the library, stretched in […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-one)                         They took some time arriving within sight of the grand entry, flanked by its pilasters of granite. At last, for their halting progress, they had climbed the stairs. But it was by the right wing they went indoors, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty)                         “No,” she begged him. “Don’t give yourself pain. Don’t think of it anymore.” “I harmed you. I troubled your life. I stole your peace…you can’t know how remorse has weighed on me.” “But never mind… Forget, all of […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-nine)                         “The man who is lying at Kervenno was gassed. He would have been retired from the service,” explained M. Le Goël. “But if it were M. Conan,” said Annie, “his wife and son must be with him.” “Well, […]