The False Jewels: Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. His narratives are characterized by an economy of style and the efficient way in which the various threads are neatly resolved. In "The False Jewels," a man who dotes on his wife is crushed by her unexpected death and then astounded by a revelation about her costume jewelry.
Useless Beauty: Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In "Useless Beauty" a woman who is being kept at home by a jealous husband as a "trophy" finally reaches her limit to the astonishment of her husband.
About the Author
Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was a prolific French writer best remembered as a master of the short story and a father of the genre. He delighted in clever plotting and served as a model for later short story practitioners through favorites such as "The Necklace," "The Horla," "The False Gems," and "Useless Beauty." Maupassant wrote some 300 short stories, as well as six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse.