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, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-eight)                         She no longer feared her memories of the place would wake a fresh despair. She could overcome this. Her soul was mingled with a world of mourning souls, in a universal torment. She was delivered, free. When at […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-seven)                         The letter recalled to Annie that period of living in Christiane’s orbit, five years past. For the length of a spring and a summer, the two women had traveled as companions. Companionable they were together, and their respect […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-six)                               Fourth Part Shine!     “Rest?” Annie, rebellious, sat upright on the chaise-longue. “But the war is over! The poilus, do they rest?” “They no longer feel their fatigue. They are marching to victory. But […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-five)                         Annie walked up the rue de Rennes, coming to the post office. Inside, she asked that a call be put throught to Mme Fougerays. To her unspeakable relief, it was Christiane herself who answered. “Good day, mademoiselle novelist! […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Birthmark (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Birthmark (complete)                               “Watch the road. See if anyone comes,” ordered the blind man, a meagre fellow without age, wrapped in a mackintosh the color of dust. Through a hole in the hedge where they’d […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-four)                                 xi.     Leaving the house, Annie sped off without choosing her direction, carried only by a wish to be far away, and to calm by exercise the torment distracting her. She caught herself […]