By Guy de Maupassant
Set within the Paris of society girls, prostitutes and small-minded bourgeousie, and the remoted villages of rural Normandy that de Maupassant knew as a baby, the thirty-three stories during this quantity are one of the such a lot darkly funny and impressive brief tales in nineteenth-century literature. They concentrate on the relationships among women and men, as within the poignant delusion of 'A Parisian Affair', among brothers and sisters, and among masters and servants. via those relationships, Maupassant explores the dualistic nature of the human personality and his tales demonstrate either the Aristocracy, civility and generosity, and, in tales similar to 'At Sea' and 'Boule de Suif', self-importance, greed and hypocrisy. Maupassant's tales again and again lay humanity naked with deft wit and devastating honesty.
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A valuable introduction to the values of Roman public life is D. C. Earl, The Moral and Political Tradition of Rome (London, ), and many of the ethical issues relevant to On the Commonwealth are discussed by A. A. Long in ‘‘Cicero’s Politics in De Oﬃciis,’’ in Justice and Generosity, ed. A. Laks and M. Schoﬁeld (Cambridge, ). For Cicero himself, the best brief biography, which pays due attention to Cicero’s ideas, is that of E. Rawson, Cicero: A Portrait (London, ); more recent, fuller, and with more annotation is the two-volume life by T.
The use of these words is tendentious; it should be noted that Cicero himself is as tendentious in their use as the advocates in On the Commonwealth of various political positions. Otium (peace, peace and quiet, calm, ease, leisure, relaxation, tranquillity, free time) Otium has two meanings, one personal and one social. In personal terms, it is the opposite of negotium, ‘‘business, busyness’’; as such it can connote either a well-deserved holiday and relaxation (as for the speakers of On the Commonwealth) or simple laziness and the failure to take part in the public world (as in Cicero’s view of the Epicureans).
For the image see Plato, Gorgias d; C. , a passage closely parallel to this one. Again, an attack on Epicureanism. Varia Warmington. C. uses Epicurean terminology to rebut Epicurean views. e. supporters of the traditional (plutocratic) structure of Roman government. On the meaning of optimus (best) and optimate cf. the excursus on optimates in On Behalf of Sestius –; see also ‘‘Text and Translation’’ above. On the Commonwealth the trumpet that sounds the retreat, to summon back even those who have already gone forward.
A Parisian Affair and Other Stories by Guy de Maupassant