Le Horla (). February 16, Some say that Maupassant was himself half insane at the time of its writing. He did have syphilis for some time prior and did. Le Horla. First published in This edition published by It is he, the Horla, who haunts me, and who makes me think of these foolish. Le Horla () (French Edition) [Guy De Maupassant] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint.

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How weak our mind pe how quickly it is terrified and unbalanced as soon as we are confronted with a small, incomprehensible fact. Parent said to her: I read this book, and can’t exactly figure out what a horla is! He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. He related to us at some length the enormous results obtained by English scientists and the doctors of the medical school at Nancy, and the facts which he adduced appeared to me so strange, that I declared that I was altogether incredulous.

What a strange, strange idea! I was led to de Horpa by a recommendation from a friend, and still intend to read more of his stories – I’m intrigued by his reputation as ‘one of the fathers hlrla the short story’, but this one, for me, was simply good, not great.

I am experiencing the same in my moral being, in a strange and distressing manner. Who is the culprit? I have had a slight feverish attack for the last few days, and I feel ill, or rather I feel low-spirited.

What a strange idea! I entered this gigantic granite jewel which is as light as a bit of lace, covered with towers, with slender belfries to which spiral staircases ascend, and which raise their strange heads that bristle with chimeras, with devils, with fantastic animals, with monstrous flowers, and which are joined together by finely carved arches, to the blue sky by day, and to the black sky by night. I no longer know what to think. He was just going out, and he listened to me with a smile, and said: One might say that man, ever since he has thought, has had a foreboding of, and feared a new being, stronger than himself, his successor in this world, and that, feeling him near, and not being able to foretell the nature of that master, he has, in his terror, created the whole race of hidden beings, of vague phantoms born of fear.


I got up softly, and I walked to the right and left for some time, so that He might not guess anything; then I took off my boots and put on my slippers carelessly; then I fastened the iron shutters and going back to the door quickly I double-locked it with a padlock, putting the key into my pocket.

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From my windows I can see the Seine, which flows by the side of my garden, on the other side of the road, almost through my grounds, the great and wide Seine, which goes to Rouen and Havre, and which is covered with boats passing to and fro.

I shall return home next week. He does not show himself any more, but I feel that hotla is near me, watching me, looking at me, penetrating me, dominating me and more redoubtable when he hides himself thus, than if he were to manifest his constant and invisible presence by supernatural phenomena. The localization of all the particles of thought has been proved nowadays; what then would there be surprising in the fact that my faculty of controlling the unreality of certain hallucinations should be destroyed for the time being!

I ask myself whether I am mad. I started off to the right, and got back into the avenue which had led me into the middle of the forest. I am decidedly taken again; for my old nightmares have returned. I have seen mad people, and I have known some who were quite intelligent, lucid, even clear-sighted in every concern of life, except on one point.


Oe several hours’ walking, I reached the enormous mass of rock which supports the little town, dominated by the great church.

The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant. We do not distinguish it, like all the others created before us? En El Horla repercuten perfectamente los ecos de su propia locura. So she told a lie. I must have a course of shower baths and of bromide of potassium.

After reading about a large number of Brazilians who fled their homes, bemoaning the fact that “they are pursued, possessed, governed like human cattle by…a species of vampire, which feeds on their life while they are asleep…[and] drinks water,” the narrator soon realizes the Horla was aboard the Brazilian three-mast boat that he had previously greeted.

Holra love the house in which I grew up. And my eye cannot distinguish this newcomer who is oppressing me. I was so well last month! But the doctor said to her authoritatively: I have no power left to will anything, but some one does it for me and I obey.

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To ask other readers questions about The Horlaplease sign up. Nothing is truer than what Voltaire says: I have made myself out as a horrla, but I do not care about that! Some of the themes that were integrated in this short story are: Then he got up, satiated, and I woke up, so beaten, crushed and annihilated that I could not move.

When one is attacked by certain maladies, all the springs of our physical being appear to be broken, all our energies destroyed, all our muscles relaxed, our bones to have become as soft as our flesh, and our blood as liquid as water.

And the camel, what suppleness!