By Georges Simenon
For 40 years Charles Alavoine has sleepwalked via his existence. transforming into up as a superb boy within the grip of a domineering mom, he trains as a physician, marries, opens a scientific perform in a quiet kingdom city, and settles into an life of impeccable bourgeois conformity. And but at unguarded moments this version relations guy is haunted via a feeling of vacancy and futility.
Then, one evening, weighted down with Christmas offers, he meets Martine. it's time for the sleeper to wide awake.
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I was astonished at the weakness of the Ottoman Empire: its sick body is sustained not by a gentle and moderate regime, but by violent remedies which persistently weaken it, leaving it exhausted. The pashas, who have to buy their positions, are ﬁnancially ruined when they arrive in the provinces, which they then lay waste like conquered lands. An arrogant militia does exactly as it pleases; fortiﬁcations are demolished, cities deserted, farmland despoiled, and land cultivation and commerce completely abandoned.
Tabriz, the 18th of the Moon of Saphar 1711 6 Letter 3 letter 3 Zachi to Usbek, in Tabriz We ordered the chief eunuch to take us to the country; he will tell you our journey passed without incident. When we reached the river and had to abandon our litters in order to cross it, we climbed into boxes* as is our custom; two slaves carried us on their shoulders and we were safe from all eyes. How could I have gone on living, dear Usbek, in your seraglio in Ispahan, in those apartments which, reminding me constantly of past pleasures, made my desire burn with a ﬁercer ﬂame each day?
The eﬀect of passion was extinguished without extinguishing the emotion that sparked it, and far from being free of passion, I found myself surrounded by objects that constantly excited it. I entered the seraglio, where everything inspired in me regret for what I had lost; I felt perpetually aroused; it was as if a thousand natural beauties revealed themselves to my eyes simply in order to oppress me and—worst of miseries—I always saw before me a fortunate man. During those years of torment never did I conduct a woman to my master’s bed, never did I undress her, without returning home with my heart full of rage and my soul full of terrible despair.
Act of Passion by Georges Simenon