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By Guy de Maupassant

Set within the Paris of society girls, prostitutes and small-minded bourgeousie, and the remoted villages of rural Normandy that de Maupassant knew as a baby, the thirty-three stories during this quantity are one of the such a lot darkly funny and great brief tales in nineteenth-century literature. They specialize in the relationships among women and men, as within the poignant fable of 'A Parisian Affair', among brothers and sisters, and among masters and servants. via those relationships, Maupassant explores the dualistic nature of the human personality and his tales show either the Aristocracy, civility and generosity, and, in tales akin to 'At Sea' and 'Boule de Suif', self-importance, greed and hypocrisy. Maupassant's tales again and again lay humanity naked with deft wit and devastating honesty.

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After working for a couple of years as a governess, Charlotte, with her sister Emily, traveled to Brussels to study, with the goal of opening their own school, but this dream did not materialize once she returned to Haworth in 1844. In 1846 the sisters published their collected poems under the pen names Currer (Charlotte), Ellis (Emily), and Acton (Anne) Bell. That same year Charlotte finished her first novel, The Professor, but it was not accepted for publication. However, she began work on Jane Eyre, which was published in 1847 and met with instant success.

B These shared fantasies enabled the Brontȵ children to lead rich lives of the imagination in secret, while depending only on one another for emotional support and mental stimulation. In a household run by a strict, religious aunt and a detached father who often left the children alone because their 舠prattle舡 annoyed him, the young Brontȵs constructed their own world of adventure and pleasure. So enthralling were the tales they spun that as a young adult Charlotte found it difficult to leave them behind for the mundane world of daily domestic routine.

Charlotte舗s lack of beauty, fashion, and social graces not only made her feel out of place, but did not bode well for her future in the marriage market, as she was painfully aware. Later as a teacher at Roe Head (1835-1838) and as a governess in 1839 and 1841, virtually the only two professions open to impoverished genteel women, Charlotte was miserable both at her inability to adjust to the social conventions regarding women and at the severe restrictions on her time to write. 舡 She 舠longed to write,舡 舠felt she could have written gloriously舡舒but could not.

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