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The Old Wives' Tale

By Bennett, Arnold

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Title: The Old Wives' Tale  
Author: Bennett, Arnold
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Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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Preface: In the autumn of 1903 I used to dine frequently in a restaurant in the Rue de Clichy, Paris. Here were, among others, two waitresses that attracted my attention. One was a beautiful, pale young girl, to whom I never spoke, for she was employed far away from the table which I affected. The other, a stout, middle-aged managing Breton woman, had sole command over my table and me, and gradually she began to assume such a maternal tone towards me that I saw I should be compelled to leave that restaurant. If I was absent for a couple of nights running she would reproach me sharply: ?What! you are unfaithful to me?? Once, when I complained about some French beans, she informed me roundly that French beans were a subject which I did not understand. I then decided to be eternally unfaithful to her, and I abandoned the restaurant. A few nights before the final parting an old woman came into the restaurant to dine. She was fat, shapeless, ugly, and grotesque. She had a ridiculous voice, and ridiculous gestur

Table of Contents
CONTENTS BOOK I. MRS. BAINES I. THE SQUARE II. THE TOOTH III. A BATTLE IV. ELEPHANT V. THE TRAVELLER VI. ESCAPADE VII. A DEFEAT BOOK II. CONSTANCE I. REVOLUTION II. CHRISTMAS AND THE FUTURE III. CYRIL IV. CRIME

 

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