The goat of Mr. Seguin, by Alphonse Daudet

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To M. Pierre Gringoire, lyric poet in Paris. YOU will always be the same, my poor Gringoire! How! you have an offer for a job as a chronicler in a good newspaper in Paris, and you have the strength to … Read More

Father Nicholas, by Octave Mirbeau

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  There were two long hours that we were walking in the fields under the sun that fell from the sky like a rain of fire; the sweat dripped on my body and the thirst, a burning thirst, devoured me. … Read More

The herbal tea, by Léon Bloy

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Jacques judged himself simply ignoble. It was odious to remain there, in the darkness, like a sacrilegious spy, while this woman, so completely unknown to him, confessed herself. But then it would have been necessary to leave at once, as … Read More

The Baptiste panties, by Aristide Filiatreault

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I am fortunate enough to possess, in the person of a brave inhabitant of La Renouche, Baptiste Latrémouille, a sincere and devoted friend, who always tells me fear stories whenever I meet him in town. I present it to you … Read More

The shepherd who never lied, by Alfred de Musset

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Once upon a time there was a man with a large herd. A shepherd who had the reputation of always telling the truth took care of it. One day when the shepherd had come down from the mountain, his master … Read More

The conquering of the redoubt, by Prosper Mérimée

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A soldier of my friends, who died of fever in Greece a few years ago, told me one day about the first affair he had attended. His account struck me so much that I wrote it from memory as soon … Read More

The Ghosts, by Marcel Schwob

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Vobis rem horribilem narrabo… mihi pili inhorruerunt. (T. P. ARBITRI, Satirae.) We were lying on our beds, around the sumptuously served breakfast. The silver lamps burned low; the door had closed behind the juggler, who had tired us with his … Read More

Plato’s Dream, by Voltaire

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(Plato in his academy, drawing after a painting by Swedish painter Carl Johan Wahlbom) Plato dreamed alot, like many others since then. He had thought that human nature was once double, and that in punishment of his faults it was … Read More

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