Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-eight)                         Once in her room, Annie began to undress. Then, suddenly exhausted, lacking courage or strength, she threw herself onto a chair, leaned against the marble of her dressing table, and remained in a state of numbness, her forehead […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-seven)                                 vii.     “Ah! Don’t undress,” Annik pleaded at dinner. “Mother will let me go out with you this evening! We’ll see them dance the ridée.” The two friends left again at the fall […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-six)                         A young man approached, elegant in rich and sober garments well-fitted, the vest cut square over the dazzling shirt, to doff a silver-buckled hat to the Le Goël family. They all stopped to exchange a few courtesies. The […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-five)                         A sudden inspiration caught the fancy of Annik. “Oh! Would you like to…it will be so fun! We should dress you, too, as we do in Morbihan! Mother! Come quickly and give us your advice!” What to choose? […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-four)                         Annie furtively wiped her eyes. Patrice, seeming not to notice, exclaimed, in a tone of horror: “Look out! Here is a troop of Philistines come to insult our evening’s beauty and profane the peace of a sacred place! […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-three)                               iv.     In the middle of the street, she saw M. Conan, a light overcoat on his arm, coming to meet her. Although the path was slippery with pine needles, Annie hurried to him, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-two)                         “We’ll cross the moor. We should be there in five minutes.” As they climbed, the placid terrain came broader into view, the beaches and their dunes, the meadows in their browns and greens muted by falling dusk, and […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-one)                                 iii.       “Jean-Pierre Le Goël.” The copper plaque, shining on the openwork of a gatepost, informed the stroller thus, and he stopped. A ground-floor window between green shutters stood open to let […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty)                     Josèphe, sensing herself suspected, flushed once more, but promptly found a tangent of escape. Very dignified, she said: “Besides, this wedding will be brilliant. I need time, or I’ll never be ready. I have nothing left to wear!” Her husband […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-nine)                         As Annie crossed, Olivier’s inquisitive face appeared. “Look! It’s Mlle Annie! Someone has come to pass the time with us. Nice! Bonjour, mademoiselle!” Melanie, their maid from Paris, hurried to usher Annie into the room where M. and […]