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A father unburdens himself to his children in a letter accompanying his will that details a shocking act committed when he was a young man, and at the time he was engaged to their mother. Oliver Montgomery’s performance of the final testimony of a burdened man is by turns tragic and melancholy in this excerpt from the Normandy Stories collection of Guy de Maupassant short stories. The disturbing revelation of the depths of human venality in a "reasonable" man is a prime example why these word portraits by the French short story master have been so acclaimed around the world and down through the generations.

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This is a story from the Normandy Stories collection.

Maupassant is hailed as one of the greatest masters of the short story. This collection focuses upon the land he knew and loved so well - Normandy. Its people and its countryside are portrayed here in vivid color and with great warmth. Amusing, saucy, and sometimes even farcical they may be, but they are also capable of great pathos, often branching off to end tragically. It is this skilful and affecting blend of tragedy and comedy, of tears and laughter, which make Maupassant's Normandy Stories the enduring favorites they are today.

Public Domain (P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Cold Winters Night Remembered

A confession of long ago inserted in a dead mans will, of his act of murder on an unwanted infant child, This great writer makes the dead mans heinous deed chill you through to the bone.