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The Piece of String

This is the story of a man named Hauchecorne, who stoops over one day to pick up a piece of string from the street. When he sees he is being observed by his enemy M. Malandain, he is embarrassed to...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2017, 12:30 pm (UTC)

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Having an abhorrence for the peasants of Nomandy, whom he felt were petty, Guy de Maupassant's "The Piece of String" portrays a hypocritical and stingy Maitre Hauchecorne, of Breute, Normandy, as...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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Guy de Maupassant's "The Piece of String" follows the story of Maitre Hauchecorne, a peasant who attempts to pick up a piece of string on the ground and finds himself being watched by M. Malandain,...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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Maupassant's story is about pettiness and hypocrisy. None of the characters, including the protagonist Hauchecome, come off as virtuous. It’s Hauchecome’s extreme greed which makes it impossible...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 12:10 am (UTC)

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The moral of this short story is exemplified with a quote from the author himself: "Everyone is perfidious, a liar, and a phony. Everyone wears a false face." Certainly, Maître Hauchecorne is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2016, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Maitre Hauchecorne is an old peasant and a bit of a scoundrel with a reputation for thriftiness and untrustworthiness. He has few true friends or family (no family is mentioned in the story)....

Latest answer posted May 22, 2011, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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The moral or message of this story is that once ordinary, unthinking people—in this case, the French peasants that Maupassant despised—get an idea into their heads, nothing will shake it out again,...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019, 10:14 pm (UTC)

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Maitre Hauchecorne is the protagonist while M. Malandain, the harness maker, is the antagonist in Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “A Piece of String.” Maitre Hauchecorne is a rheumatic peasant who...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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“The Piece of String” takes place in the village of Goderville, in Normandy, northern France. The majority of the action takes place on market day, in the public square of the town. Guy de...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016, 4:08 pm (UTC)

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Maitre Hauchecorne picks up the string as he believes it might come in useful one day. He is clearly a thrifty old peasant who is of a generation that doesn't like to throw anything away. At the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017, 9:51 am (UTC)

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Below is a short plot summary of Guy de Maupassant's short story, "The Piece of String" (if I understand your post correctly). Maitre Hauchecorne is an old Norman peasant who makes a trip to the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2010, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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As was mentioned in the previous post, the irony throughout the short story "The Piece of String" concerns the innocence of Maitre Hauchecorne and significance of such an insignificant object....

Latest answer posted January 3, 2017, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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M. Hauchecome is on the road to the market one day and picks up a piece of string from the dirt. As he bends down he notices that his arch enemy M. Malandain is watching him from his shop window,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2008, 10:30 pm (UTC)

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When a farmhand finds the pocketbook on the main road and returns it, the news of this incident spreads. Maître Hauchecorne is told that the item has been recovered, and he jubilantly goes all...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017, 9:59 am (UTC)

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I think the simple answer is Hauchecorne picks up the string because he can't miss any opportunity to get something for nothing. Maupassant uses the word "economical" -- "Maitre Hauchecorne,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2017, 11:38 am (UTC)

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It is market day and the Norman farmers and their wives stream into town. Maître Hauchecorne of Breauté is just making his way toward the square when he notices a piece of string. The thrifty...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2016, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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Although the old man is entirely innocent of any crime, the local townsfolk still insist that he's guilty, even after it's proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he couldn't have stolen the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019, 5:00 am (UTC)

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The action of "The Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant takes place entirely in the marketplace of a French village known as Goderville in the late 1800s. The area is described as a place of...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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Maitre Hauchecorne is a relentless miser, always seeking a bargain and seeing value in seemingly worthless items. So, when he spots a piece of discarded string in the road, his naturally thrifty...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013, 4:04 pm (UTC)

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The short story “The Piece of String” opens one morning in the small town of Goderville; farmers and their wives trudge to the market square bearing wares to sell—cattle, chickens, ducks, milk, and...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2021, 3:15 am (UTC)

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Maitre Malandain probably does not truly believe that Maitre Hauchcorne has stolen the wallet, but having "the tendency to hold grudges," he takes advantage of an opportunity to deal misery to his...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 12:00 am (UTC)

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There are differences between analogy and allegory, but some would say that allegory is a form of analogy, so if it is an allegory, it would be an analogy. It is certainly (specifically) an...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2009, 8:37 am (UTC)

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To the extent that those terms apply to this story, it's clear that Maître Hauchecome can be thought of as the protagonist, and Maître Malandain, who evidently accused Hauchecome of picking up the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018, 1:57 pm (UTC)

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"The Piece of String" by Maupassant reflects common themes in Maupassant's work. It reveals his contempt for peasants and their distrust of one another. People gathered in the market were...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008, 3:05 am (UTC)

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The piece of string has been mistaken for a wallet. Although Maitre Hauchecome is innocent, his enemy saw him picking up something on the ground. When the wallet is reported as lost, Maitre...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2011, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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The short story "The Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant tells of a man named Hauchecome who is unjustly accused of stealing someone's wallet. In reality, he only picks a piece of string off the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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"The Piece of String" is a short story by Guy de Maupassant, in which the author utilizes a number of different rhetorical devices to help convey his point. In the first paragraph, we see...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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There is only one main character in "The Piece of String," and his name is Hauchecome. The other characters are very minor to the story except for M. Malandain, his arch enemy who watches him pick...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2009, 8:43 am (UTC)

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In "Self-Reliance" Ralph Waldo Emerson writes that society is in conspiracy against individualism; Guy de Maupassant's "The Piece of String" is likewise a social criticism of the petty society of...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2015, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Piece of String” has much to say about the long-lasting dangers of judging other people and internalizing those judgements. The judging starts right away and...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2020, 6:33 pm (UTC)

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The author does not actually explain what he means by this line. However, it seems to me that it means that they both hold grudges very firmly -- that they do not find it hard to hate others. We...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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There are a couple of Norman stereotypes in de Maupassant's "The Piece of String." The first is the reference to the alleged tendency of Norman folk to be "economical." This is a rather polite way...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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Maitre Hauchecorne finds a piece of string on the street. Being relatively poor and inclined to save things that might be useful, he picks up the string. However, he notes that he is spotted by his...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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Given all the press recently about "fake news," exploring how "A Piece of String" is relatable to that subject might make a good essay topic. The Norman peasants' reaction to the accusations that...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019, 12:42 am (UTC)

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The fault of Maitre Hauchecorne of Guy de Maupassant's "The Piece of String" is his pride, and it is this pride that makes him hide his act of having been so "thrifty like the true Norman he was"...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Near the end of Maupassant's story, Maître Hauchecome stands accused a second time. At first, in the real climax, he is questioned by the mayor because Monsieur Malandain, a rival, has attested...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013, 5:45 am (UTC)

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Guy de Maupassant, a Norman himself, served as a a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War as a young man and was first exposed to the pettiness of the Norman peasants, a pettiness which appalled him....

Latest answer posted July 3, 2012, 5:25 pm (UTC)

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It's actually rather difficult to determine a true climax to Guy de Maupassant's short story, "The Piece of String." The primary events in the story seem to be the accusation against Maitre...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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Social rejection is what leads to Hauchecorne becoming unhinged and obsessed with the act of bending to pick up a piece of string. Hauchecorne used to pride himself on being a tricky man. He...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019, 2:11 am (UTC)

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Guy de Maupassant wrote often of the petty bourgeosis of whom Maitre Hauchecorne is one. And, for this class, Maupassant had a certain disdain. The tone of this disdain prevails in his short...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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The theme of Guy de Maupassant's "A Piece of String" is a prevalent one of his: Life...is composed of the most dissimilar things, the most unforeseen, the most...incongruous; it is...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2010, 10:42 am (UTC)

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When de Maupassant introduces us to his protagonist Maitre Hauchecorne, he provides us with a lot of information about his character. First of all, he tells us that he has an economical nature,...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2021, 10:00 am (UTC)

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You could support two different literary devices in this phrase. First, here is the context: And they walked with a quicker, livelier step than their husbands. Their spare straight figures were...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019, 1:54 am (UTC)

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The first question to ask Maitre Hauchecorne is, "Did you take the pocketbook?" He is never asked this. He is simply accused. Maître Hauchecorne," said he, "this morning on the Beuzeville road,...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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The climax of the story that you are referring to occurs when the purse and the 500 francs are returned, therefore, Hauchecome believes, as does the reader, that he will be vindicated, now that the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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You can find a synopsis of "A Piece of String" at the link below: http://www.enotes.com/piece-string/q-and-a/shortest-synopsis-piece-string-190669

Latest answer posted July 31, 2011, 4:32 am (UTC)

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In the short story "A Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant, most of the suspicion in the story is focused on Maitre Hauchecorne, a peasant who has arrived in Goderville to sell his wares at the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2018, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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This question has already been asked and answered. You can view the answer at the link below and thanks for using eNotes....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2010, 2:48 am (UTC)

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The story “A Piece of String” by Guy de Maupassant is set in a rural town in France on a busy market day. All the peasants and farmers are outside in the market square, trading and haggling over...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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