- Guy de Maupassant (Censorship (Ready Reference series))
- Guy de Maupassant (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
- Guy de Maupassant (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Guy de Maupassant (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
- Guy de Maupassant (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Guy de Maupassant
- First Published: 1882
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Time of Work: 1871
- Setting: Urville, a fictional Normandy town
- Characters: Major Count von Farlsberg, Captain Baron von Kelweingstein, Lieutenant Otto von Grossling, Second Lieutenant Fritz Scheunaubourg, Second Lieutenant Wilhelm von Eyrick, Father Chantavoine, Pamela, Blondine, Amanda, Eva (“the Tomato”), Rachel (“the Jewess”)
- Genres: Social realism, Short fiction
- Subjects: France or French people, Nineteenth century, Europe or Europeans, Prostitution or prostitutes, Violence, Funeral rites or ceremonies, Soldiers, Germany or German people
- Locales: France, Europe, Normandy, France
During the months after the Prussian defeat of the French in 1871, Prussian troops occupy many areas of France. Five bored Prussian officers are among the leaders of the force occupying the small Normandy town of Urville, where they live in a castle. Major von Farlsberg is an older bearded officer; Captain von Kelweingstein is an obese man who lost two teeth on his wedding night, although he could not remember how this accident had happened. The major and captain are both married, but both complain that they have not had sex for several months and do not want this...
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