Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fourteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fourteen)                             The text was copied quickly, Annie thinking with pleasure of escape through the garden she saw touched here and there with the last glimmers of daylight, sunrays illuminating the trees, sketching lines of twigs and swelling […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirteen)                         Second Part Moving Towards the Light       i.     “Places, please!” The bus rumbled over the cobblestones of the Louvre courtyard. Annie, leaning towards the glass, spied the grand perspective, framed by the pink columns […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twelve)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twelve)                         “I’ve anticipated all of that,” M. Conan said. “The environment is against you. Fresh air is needed. Well! Perhaps Mme Conan has again found the best answer to these obstacles…yes, we’ve discussed you. You must live in Paris […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eleven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eleven)                         Augustin, from that point reassured, waited his hour with admirable patience. Seated at the foot of the bed, Annie intently sought the least sign, the most feeble call. Her uncle received his comforts and care with a near […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part ten)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part ten)                               v.   Annie had been tormented, frequently, by a childhood nightmare. She had dreamed someone chased her, that in the impetus of escape she came detached from earth and flew…but soaring, banged her head against […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nine)                         She opened the door of an adjoining room. The boy put aside his picture-book and came to greet Annie. He was a pretty child, delicate, his thin face overweighed by a high forehead, his large feverish eyes shadowed […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eight)                   On the designated evening, Annie went to the town hall, accompanied by her uncle. They were among the first to arrive, and found seats in a good row not far from the stage. When Patrice Conan appeared, he was greeted by […]

Baron Haussmann’s Story of the Murderous Innkeepers

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890                 excerpted from a section called Excursions           These events take place in the 1830s, Haussmann on his way to his new job at Nérac, the post he held in our last story of his assisting George Sand. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part seven)                               iv.     Happily, she felt braced again next day, when the carrier brought a letter from M. Patrice Conan. He had occupied with distinction a chair in the university’s Department of Literature at Rennes; […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part six)                             iii.     The results of the contest were published, this paragraph passing from the Paris journals to the regional press:   We learn with pleasure the success of a young woman of our city, Mlle […]