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 […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-six)                         Annie saw Patrice justified in his conjecture. Alban, possibly spied on by Le Filleul, had shown loyalties that gave rise to suspicions. Private grievances could be settled—Patrice had said so—in times of public lawlessness. A belfry surmounted by […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-five)                                 vi.     Before the end of a fortnight, the novice tourist found herself at Vannes. Already childishly delighted by the diversion of the train ride along the smiling valley of the Loire, towards […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-four)                           “A story from the time of the Revolution?” said Annie, startled. “Ah, monsieur, my ignorance would shout from every page.” “Build your world by intuition. Historians as well as sleuths are guided by it. Souls of all […]

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 […]