Monday, August 23, 2010

"La Grande Breteche." Honore de Balzac.

The lady has a lover. He hides in a closet when her husband unexpectedly enters her room. The husband suspects that someone is in the closet. Her husband asks if anyone is in the closet. She swears on a crucifix that no one is there. The husband has the closet walled up Then the husband moves into her room to “take care of her because she is sick” He stays there for twenty days without ever leaving. The lady starts to protest. But her husband says, “You swore that no one was in the closet.”

Fifty Great European Short Stories.” Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.

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