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Over Strand and Field: A Record of Travel Through Brittany by Gustave Flaubert

By Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was once a French author who's counted one of the maximum Western novelists. he's recognized particularly for his first released novel, Madame Bovary (1857), and for his scrupulous devotion to his paintings and elegance, most sensible exemplified through his unending look for "le mot juste" ("the specified word"). In September 1849, he accomplished the 1st model of a singular, The Temptation of Saint Anthony. In 1858, he travelled to Carthage to collect fabric for his subsequent novel, Salammbo (1862). it really is now often admitted that he used to be one of many maximum writers who ever lived in France and his greatness largely will depend on the extreme power and exactitude of his sort. His inner most letters convey that he used to be now not a kind of to whom effortless and proper language got here obviously; he received his striking perfection with the unceasing sweat of his forehead. Many critics give some thought to Flaubert's most sensible works to be types of favor. His different works comprise Over Strand and box: A list of shuttle via Brittany (1904), Herodias (1877) and a straightforward Soul (1877).

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We walked on, oblivious to everything, and let our eyes roam at will, and the pebbles that our feet dislodged rolled down the hill quickly and disappeared in the bushes edging the road. The roads followed hedges that were as compact and thick as walls; we climbed up and we climbed down; meanwhile, it was growing dark, and the country was settling into the deep silence characteristic of midsummer evenings. As we failed to meet anybody who could show us the way, the few peasants we had questioned having responded by unintelligible cries, we produced our map and our compass, and, locating ourselves by the setting sun, we resolved to head straight for Daoulas.

Trees, bushes, searushes, tamarisks, and heather grow on the edge of the ditches. We came to broad stretches of land, but we did not see a soul anywhere. The sky was bleak and a fine rain moistened the atmosphere and spread a grey veil over the country. The paths we chose were hollow and shaded by clusters of foliage, the branches of which, uniting, drooped over our heads and almost prevented us from walking erect. The light that filtered through the dome of leaves was greenish, and as dim as on a winter evening.

I could not say which was the sillier of the two. The gendarme was sober, but he was very stupid. He deplored the soldier‘s lack of manners, enumerated the punishments that would be dealt out to him, was scandalised by his hiccoughs and resented his demeanour. Viewed from the side of the missing eye, with his three-cornered hat, his sabre and his yellow gloves, the gendarme presented one of the sorriest aspects of human life. Besides, there is something so essentially grotesque about gendarmes that I cannot help laughing at them; these upholders of the law always produce the same comic effect on me, and so do attorneys for the king, magistrates, and professors of literature.

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