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 […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-three)                         A shifting of feet was heard, near the door. With a fear she could not name, Annie broke from the embrace. Mme Conan entered, bowed and tamed, and in a voice of supplication that caught in her throat, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-two)                                 x.     Annie went quickly and softly to her desk, wanting to meet no one in the outer rooms, only to plunge into daily work. Yet as she took her seat, the thin […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-one)                         When she woke, a wan morning light was shining through her window’s upper glass. Her bleary eyes were attracted by a square of paper near the door, a notecard, its mauve hue standing out against the parquet. Curious, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty)                         “I’m trying to breathe life into him. My paleographer teaches me agricultural practices of the 18th century. You see where that leads me!” “But your task above all is to make the action alive, and gripping. Your building-blocks […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-nine)                         This mental stagnation came in company with a strange fearfulness, a disquiet. “If I were superstitious, I would believe I was having a presentiment. What bad luck is lurking in the shadows? Or can it be good?” As […]

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 […]