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Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696895

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696895.001.0001

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The Crimson Curtain

The Crimson Curtain


(p.7) The Crimson Curtain

Jules Barbey D’aurevilly

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter a middle-aged man, the Vicomte de Bassard, recalls his first, youthful affair, one that ended with the young lady’s sudden death at the worst possible moment, and in the worst possible place. The Vicomte de Bassard tells this story to the narrator after they meet in a coach as they travel between small towns. The narrator also thinks about the nature of beauty and the Vicomte de Bassard past experiences in the French army. This is a tragicomic tale with a superb evocation of life in a military town in Normandy in the early nineteenth century. This short story is about twenty thousand words in length.

Keywords:   Vicomte de Bassard, youthful affair, sudden death, coach, French army, tragicomic tale, military town, nineteenth century, Normandy

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