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Short story – “Rust” by Guy de Maupassant

Selected Short Stories by Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant, arguably one of the fathers of the modern short story, wrote over three hundred short stories. “Rust” is one of his more amusing stories. I found it in Selected Short Stories, and I’m working steadily through the entire selection. You can read it for free from The University of Adelaide Library.

It tells of a hunter, who lives for hunting and nothing else. His friends think he needs a wife, and they find him one. As he had “got out of the habit of… of… of… love” he goes off to Paris for a few weeks to make sure everything still works.

I liked this. As with many of Maupassant’s stories, it is well-structured and straightforward. No messing. Just gets on with the story.

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