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The Night: A Nightmare (short story)

  • Original French Title: La nuit
  • Type: Short Story
  • Length: 8 page

The Night: A Nightmare is a short story by French author Guy de Maupassant. - AsNotedIn

I love the night with passion. I love it the way you love your country, or your mistress, with an instinctive love, a deep love, an invincible love. I love it with all my senses, with my eyes that see it, with my nostrils that breathe it, with my ears that hear the silence of it, with my whole flesh, caressed by its shadows. Larks sing in the sun, in the blue air, the warm air, the light air of clear mornings. But the owl takes refuge in the night, a black blotch that crosses the black space, and, with joy, intoxicated with the vast blackness, he lets out his cry, vibrant and sinister.
Guy de Maupassant, The Night

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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1887/06/14 Guy de Maupassant Author "The Night: A Nightmare" by Guy de Maupassant is published in Gil Blas.

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Particulars for The Night: A Nightmare (short story):
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Utility Gaslight a type of lamp in which an incandescent mantle is heated by a jet of burning gas
Narrative Arts Narrative Prose ordinary written language which tells a story
Time Night period of darkness in each twenty-four hours the time from sunset to sunrise
Sociology Night Owl a person who is habitually active or wakeful at night
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction

Original Language: French

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