Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-three)                           “Morbihan! The Le Goël family came from there, a hundred and twenty years ago. My poor Uncle Augustin had so wished to visit the home of his ancestors! It pleased him to think we were fallen royalty…but […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-two)                     Once outdoors, Patrice quickened his steps in crossing the immense paved court. When they’d passed the next gate, he heaved a deep sigh and shook his shoulders as though throwing off a burden. “The Medici fountain! The flowers…ah! It refreshes […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-one)                             Annie, arrested by this proposition so attractive and unexpected, shot Winifred a significant look. “I thank you infinitely, madame! But won’t you find very near to you an ideal…an obliging and kind companion?” “Winifred?” Mme Fougerays […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty)                           “We admit it!” answered Mme Fougerays coldly. “Marriage is a lottery, that is understood. All games of hazard have their traps.” She spoke with a boldness near cynicism, unafraid of her known history making the cause of […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nineteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nineteen)                             Art critic, contributor to Foyer, reader for the Voix de Paris, M. Laffenel had often met the secretary of M. Conan, and showed to her an amiable sympathy. Annie, taken into his confidence, smiled at the […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eighteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eighteen)                               iii.     The first visitors were the personal friends of Mme Conan, belonging to the world of finance and high-stakes business dealings, and dressed by the best fashion houses…in that sober and costly elegance […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part seventeen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part seventeen)                       M. Conan intervened, annoyed at this shamelessness. “You forget, Josèphe, that Mlle Le Goël has no time to spare.” “Oh, I know.” She sent him a flirtatious look of rebellion. “But I also know that Mlle Le Goël is […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part sixteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part sixteen)                                 ii.       “And your novel, is it going well for you?” The correspondence run through, a teacher comforted, a candidate for academic laurels encouraged, a matter of litigation between a mayor and […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifteen)                     On a still smaller table sat the portraits of those who lived forever in her thoughts: her mother, Augustin Le Goël, the Conan family grouped around elderly uncle Olivier, in an amateur photograph already faded. Annie opened a large box […]

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 […]