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 […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-eight)                         Indeed, the next morning she could have believed herself a carefree teenager, giggling while she roamed the countryside with her pretty and artless companion. As a beginning traveler, open to new enthusiasms, reveling in her freedom, Annie held […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-seven)                               Third Part Dure Lex, Sed Lex (The law is harsh, but it is the law.)     A new country met the eyes of the traveler. One of salt flats and dunes, naked or planted […]