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This is not a Story

Original French title: Ceci n'est pas un conte

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Author: Denis Diderot
Published: 1798
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,635 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.2
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,052
Added to site: 2010.12.02 29801
License: by-nc-sa

Translation into English by Peter Phalen, 2010.

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-He, Sainte-Hyacinthe street, and his lady friend Mademoiselle de La Chaux, Saint-Michel square. I call her by her own name because the poor thing is no more, because her life can only honor it in every well-made mind and award it the admiration, the regret and the tears of those that nature will favor or punish with a small portion of the sensibility of her soul.

--Well! Your speech is halting, and I believe you are crying.

--I can still see her big dark eyes, soft and twinkling, and the moving sound of her voice resounding in my ears and shaking my heart. Charming creature! Unique creature! You are no more! You have been no more for nearly twenty years; and my heart still tightens at the thought of you.

--You loved her?

--No. Oh La Chaux! Oh Gardeil! You were each a marvel; you, for a woman´s tenderness; you, for a man´s ingratitude. Mademoiselle de La Chaux was an honest woman. She left her parents to throw herself into the arms of Gardeil. Gardeil had nothing, Madem



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