Guy De Maupassant: A Study By Pol. Neveux -- Boule De Suif -- Two Friends -- The Lancer's Wife -- The Prisoners -- Two Little Soldiers -- Father Milon -- A Coup D'etat -- Lieutenant Lare's Marriage -- The Horrible -- Madame Parisse -- Mademoiselle Fifi -- A Duel
d, he thinks that the author must be gifted with infallible intuition to follow out thus the taints in his characters, even through their most dangerous mazes. The reader does not know that these hallucinations which he describes so minutely were experienced by Maupassant himself; he does not know that the fear is in himself, the anguish of fear "which is not caused by the presence of danger, or of inevitable death, but by certain abnormal conditions, by certain mysterious influences in presence of vague dangers," the "fear of fear, the dread of that horrible sensation of incomprehensible terror."
How can one explain these physical sufferings and this morbid distress that were known for some time to his intimates alone? Alas! the explanation is only too simple. All his life, consciously or unconsciously, Maupassant fought this malady, hidden as yet, which was latent in him.
As his malady began to take a more definite form, he turned his steps towards the south, only visiting Paris to see his phy