Thursday, January 21, 2010

"The Pearl of Toledo." Prosper Merimee

One-minute review: Two knights fight a duel over who has the right to the most beautiful woman, the Pearl of Toledo. The loser lies on the ground, his blood running out. The Pearl of Toledo approaches him and offers solace. With his dying breath, he seizes his sword and slashes her face. She is no longer the Pearl of Toledo.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961. These summaries do not do justice to the vividness of the stories. RayS.

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