By Elena Mauli Shapiro
American educational Trevor Stratton discovers a field packed with artifacts from global conflict I as he settles into his new workplace in Paris. the photographs, letters, and items within the field relate to the lifetime of Louise Brunet, a feisty, captivating Frenchwoman who lived via either global Wars.
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Garance! You are the naughtiest girl in the world! ” “Lord, no! Why would I? ” Garance shrugs to indicate her lack of an answer, and the two of them quiver helplessly with mirth in the sun-flooded living room. LOUISE WATCHES HER HUSBAND undress for bed. He loosens his tie and takes it off without unknotting it, as one might slip off a noose, and tosses it onto the dresser. “You look tired, Henri,” she says. “I am. ” He unbuttons his shirt with weary slowness, from top to bottom. “I can help with that,” she says, in a soft female exhalation.
The man’s simple civility disarms all of them. They are quiet. “But I must get through,” the fellow in the car says rather plaintively. “Well, you cannot, and such is the state of things. You will have to back up, and find another way around; it can’t be that complicated. ” The man enunciates clearly enough that Louise and Garance can hear his every word, though he does not raise his voice. His tone is not angry: it is merely a statement of what must be, with an edge of mocking dismissal rising into the last question.
Once, the force of the blast from a nearby shell knocked him clean down. Somehow he was uninjured—unsliced by shrapnel, unburned by flame. It was strange. The only thing that happened was that the sound of the explosion made him deaf in his left ear. The other ear works just fine. Louise has not written much in Pierre Cleper’s little diary. It floats around on the bottom of her purse, and she digs it out when she needs to scrawl down an address or a telephone number. The only marks she has made on the pages where the months of the year are charted are in June and in July: on the nineteenth day of both these months, she has put a small x, in pencil.
13, Rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro