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The (Diamond) Necklace

the diamond necklaceThis story by Guy de Maupassant is about a beautiful woman who is not happy with her position in life. She has a loving husband with a secure government job, but in her eyes he is just a “little” clerk. They have enough money to hire a girl to do the harder housework for her, but she dreams of being admired by richer and more important men. An invitation to a ball and borrowed necklace lead to ten miserable years in which she learns not only how lucky she was, but also what it means to be very poor.

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A Vendetta

a vendettaThe French writer Guy de Maupassant is said to be one of the fathers of the modern short story. This story is about an old widow who lives in a small village in Southern Italy with her only son and his dog. One evening, the son is murdered. The mother is so saddened by this that she promises a vendetta against the killer. Every day, she sits by the window and wonders how she, a weak old woman with no-one to help her, can carry out her promise. Finally, she comes up with an idea and has her revenge.

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