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Short Stories, vol 11

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Language: English
Wordcount: 26,566 / 81 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,478 4778

The umbrella -- Belhomme's beast -- Discovery -- The accursed bread -- The dowry -- The diary of a mad man -- The mask -- The penguins rock -- A family -- Suicides -- An artifice -- Dreams -- Simon's papa.

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t nearly spend.

For two years he had always come to the office with the same old patched umbrella, to the great amusement of his fellow clerks. At last he got tired of their jokes, and insisted upon his wife buying him a new one. She bought one for eight francs and a half, one of those cheap articles which large houses sell as an advertisement. When the men in the office saw the article, which was being sold in Paris by the thousand, they began their jokes again, and Oreille had a dreadful time of it. They even made a song about it, which he heard from morning till night all over the immense building.

Oreille was very angry, and peremptorily told his wife to get him a new one, a good silk one, for twenty francs, and to bring him the bill, so that he might see that it was all right.

She bought him one for eighteen francs, and said, getting red with anger as she gave it to her husband:

"This will last you for five years at least."

Oreille felt quite triumphant, and received a



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