Mademoiselle Berthe et son amant (Maigret, Livre 29) by Georges Simenon

By Georges Simenon

Mademoiselle Berthe et son amant est une nouvelle de Georges Simenon, publiée en 1938. Elle fait partie de l. a. série des Maigret.

Historique
La nouvelle est écrite à Neuilly en hiver 1937-1938 ou à Porquerolles en mars 1938. Elle connaît une booklet en édition pré-originale dans l'hebdomadaire Police-Film, le 29 avril 1938.
La nouvelle est reprise dans le recueil Les Nouvelles Enquêtes de Maigret en 1944 chez Gallimard.

Présentation
Maigret, à los angeles retraite dans sa petite maison de Meung-sur-Loire, reçoit une lettre d'appel au secours d'une jeune femme à Paris: intrigué, il se rend au dwelling house de Mlle Berthe, à Montmartre. Celle-ci lui raconte qu'elle est menacée de mort par son amant, qui a participé à un cambriolage.

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Granny hadn’t even had a chance to wet her tongue when I got up from my chair. I said: “Sir, I swear, I would rather the world come to an end than read inappropriate boo . ” The principal interrupted me mid-sentence: “Don’t speak until you are given permission. ” I lowered my head and sat down. ” The principal lit a cigarette and said: “He has to compose it himself, Mother. ” “The minute he writes himself, you see how it turns out. Teach him however he should write that will please you. He’s just a child.

Up to now, no one has even seen anyone inviting them to a wedding. Just imagine what it would feel like to be at a wedding and the body-washer is right there next to you. Would you be able to feel comfortable eating the fruits and sweets and wedding dinner? Certainly, I wanted to go over to Kal Asghar the body-washer’s and ask lots of questions and include them in my composition. However, I was afraid of him. Even though it’s a small town and everyone knows his body-washer, still, few people have any real details about their lives.

The principal was talking on the phone. I was hoping and praying that Mr. Hosseini was on the other end. In the end I never did figure out who he was talking to. The composition notebook was on the principal’s desk. We waited until the principal’s conversation came to an end and he put down the receiver. Granny hadn’t even had a chance to wet her tongue when I got up from my chair. I said: “Sir, I swear, I would rather the world come to an end than read inappropriate boo . ” The principal interrupted me mid-sentence: “Don’t speak until you are given permission.

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