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A poor family set their hopes on the return of a previously good-for-nothing uncle who left for America to seek his fortune.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A man picks up a piece of string, an act which unfortunately coincides with the loss of a mayor's pocket book.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
2 Stars
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While travelling in Normandy a young artist meets a singularly unfriendly older woman.
- Length: 22 pages
- Age Rating: PG
1 Stars
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A group of bored Prussian soldiers amuse themselves destructively while holed up in a French chateau.
- Length: 13 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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The five girls and the refined, virtuous Madame of a Normandy brothel shut up shop in order to attend a confirmation.
- Length: 25 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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Maupassant's short masterpiece following the journey of a group of civilians during the Franco-Prussian war.
- Length: 42 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Dr Ragin is honest and intelligent but lacks the strength of character to see to it that life around him is honest and intelligent - which has serious consequences for the psyciatric ward he runs.
- Length: 56 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Sophia, a beautiful married woman, and her neighbour Ilyin meet 'by accident' - he wants to declare his love for her, she to tell him to stop pursuing.
- Length: 14 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A bored middle-aged adulterer picks up a young married woman little expecting the great love that will develop.
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Grief has a sobering effect on a drunkard craftsman as he takes his sick wife to hospital during a blizzard.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A woman marries a meek, scientifically minded doctor but can't help comparing him to her much-admired artistic friends.
- Length: 26 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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The story of Olga, a woman who must always be in love with someone.
- Length: 14 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A frank extract from the notebook of an eminent - but aging - Russian professor.
- Length: 63 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A man falls in love with the sister of a ruined landowner, a predatory woman turned cold by a lust for money and status.
- Length: 26 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A late night encounter between an intelligent but lazy village dropout and the peasant wife of a signalman.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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