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Title: Madame Hermet Title Record # 1733599
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Date: 1887-01-18
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: French
Note: Borderline genre; this story reflects on madness and the possibility of escape from reality. First published in Gil Blas, 18 January 1887.
Synopsis: This story starts with the narrator expressing conflicted feelings of attraction and repulsion toward madness. On the one hand madness seems like freedom-- without reason, anything should be possible. On the other hand, the concerns of insane people are built of the same quotidian stuff as other people's, and thus not really an escape. He illustrates this by telling his encounter with Madame Hermet, a patient at an asylum. She was once a great beauty. Her son contracted smallpox, and she was too much afraid of the disfiguring effects of the illness to visit him when he was dying. Her conflicting emotions were so great that she lost her reason; now her preoccupation circles incessantly around worrying about the state of her face, and fretting about pockmarks that she is certain are daily appearing there.
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Translations
Year Language Title
1926Translated by Storm Jameson (may be credited to Ernest Boyd).
English Madame Hermet
1976Translated by Lucie Haring and Rob Geuljans
Dutch Madame Hermet

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Useless Beauty and Other Stories 1926-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Alfred A. Knopf (The Collected Novels and Stories of Guy de Maupassant #16)      
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant 1955-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Hanover House     xvii+
1339
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Contes fantastiques complets 1973-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Marabout (Bibliothèque Marabout - Fantastique #464)     384
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Contes fantastiques complets 1976-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Marabout (Bibliothèque Marabout - Fantastique #464)     380+
[4]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Fantastische Verhalen 1976-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Het Spectrum (Prisma #1726) 90-274-0853-X   153
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Qui sait ?: et autres histoires étranges 1981-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Union générale d'éditions (Les maîtres de l'étrange et de la peur) 2-264-00345-6   297
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Frank Sérac  
Contes fantastiques complets 1983-01-00 Guy de Maupassant Marabout (Bibliothèque Marabout - Fantastique #464) 2-501-00040-4   384
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Beroemde Fantastische Verhalen 1985-00-00 uncredited Hema 1-132-92303-4   153+
221+
135
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
Contes fantastiques complets 1996-01-00 Guy de Maupassant Marabout (Bibliothèque Marabout #9001) 2-501-00948-7   384
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Le Horla: et autres récits fantastiques 2000-00-00 Guy de Maupassant Le Livre de Poche (Le Livre de Poche - Classique #840) 2-253-00539-8 F20.00 381
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Léon Spilliaert Checkmark
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