At the smiling moment of his life when he was thirty-four, had built his house at Etretat, hired François, and begun to enjoy his amours plus elegants, Maupassant did some of his best and his best-known work. In both these categories can be placed "La Parure" ("The Necklace"), one of the most famous short stories in the world, described by Henry James when it was new as "a little perfection."
Although everyone knows the plot, not everyone knows James's resume of it:
In ‘‘La Parure’’ a...
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