Short Stories, vol 4

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Short Stories, vol 4 by Guy de Maupassant

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The moribond -- The gamekeeper -- The story of a farm girl -- The wreck -- Theodule Sabot's confession -- The wrong house -- The diamond necklace -- The Marquis de Fumerol -- The trip of the Horla -- Farewell -- The wolf -- The inn.

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e stockings. She, too, wore wooden shoes, filled with straw. The white cap, turned yellow, covered a few hairs which were plastered to the scalp, and her brown, thin, ugly, toothless face had that wild, animal expression which is often to be found on the faces of the peasants.

The man asked:

"How is he gettin' along?"

The woman answered:

"The priest said it's the end--that he will never live through the night."

Both of them went into the house.

After passing through the kitchen, they entered a low, dark room, barely lighted by one window, in front of which a piece of calico was hanging. The big beams, turned brown with age and smoke, crossed the room from one side to the other, supporting the thin floor of the garret, where an army of rats ran about day and night.

The moist, lumpy earthen floor looked greasy, and, at the back of the room, the bed made an indistinct white spot. A harsh, regular noise, a difficult, hoarse, wheezing breathing, like the gurgling of

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