A Life (1883), the first of Maupassant's six completed novels, tells the story of Jeanne de Lamare, the only daughter of wealthy Norman aristocrats. From the day she leaves convent school, her head full of innocent hopes for the future, to the moment twenty-nine years later when she becomes a... read more
“Darling, I've got a difficult task to perform. It really ought to be your mother's but, as she refuses to do it, it falls to me. I don't know how much you have learnt of the facts of life. That is one of those secrets carefully hidden from children, especially girls, whose minds must be kept pure and entirely innocent up to the moment when we entrust them to the arms of the man who will guard their happiness. It is for him to lift the veil that has hidden the tender secret of life.”
“Come, Sir, let's be honest. He has behaved like most men. How many husbands do you know who are entirely faithful?”
“One sometimes weeps over one's illusions with as much bitterness as over a death.”
“One oughtn't to marry as you did, without knowing what sort of man one is marrying.”
“You see, life is never as never as good or as bad as one thinks.”
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