By Guy de Maupassant
Georges Duroy, dit Bel-Ami, est un jeune homme au body avantageux. Le hasard d'une rencontre le met sur l. a. voie de l'ascension sociale. Malgré sa vulgarité et son lack of information, cet arriviste parvient au sommet par l'intermédiaire de ses maîtresses et du journalisme. Cinq héroïnes vont travel à journey l'initier aux mystères du métier, aux secrets and techniques de l. a. mondanité et lui assurer los angeles réussite qu'il espère. Dans cette société parisienne en pleine growth capitaliste et coloniale, que Maupassant dénonce avec strength parce qu'il los angeles connaît bien, les femmes éduquent, conseillent, œuvrent dans l'ombre. los angeles presse, l. a. politique, l. a. finance s'entremêlent. Mais derrière les combines politiques et financières, l'érotisme intéressé, l. a. mort est là qui veille, et avec elle, l'angoisse que chacun porte au fond de lui-même.
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And should you want to settle in this kingdom on equal terms with me, then all the city I am building now is yours. Draw up your ships. I shall allow no difference between the Tyrian and the Trojan. Would your king, Aeneas, too, were present, driven here by that same south wind. ” The words of Dido stir the brave Achates and father Aeneas; long since, both of them had burned to break free from their cloud. Achates speaks ﬁrst to his companion: “Goddess-born, what counsel rises in your spirit now?
Pyrrhus, his father’s force within him, presses forward— no barrier, and not the guards themselves, can hold him off. The gate gives way before the ram’s repeated hammerings; the doors are severed from their hinges, topple out. Force cracks a breach; the Danaans storm and pour across the passage, butchering the ﬁrst they meet; their soldiers stream across the palace— less furious than these, the foaming river when it has burst across resisting banks and boundaries and overﬂows, its angry ﬂood piling in a mass along the plains as it drags ﬂocks and folds across the ﬁelds.
And who to tell the deaths? What tears could equal our agony? An ancient city falls that ruled for many years; through streets and houses and on the sacred thresholds of the gods so many silent bodies lie about. Nor are the Teucrians the only ones to pay the penalty of blood: at times new courage comes to beaten hearts, and then the Danaan victors die; and everywhere are fear, harsh grief, and many shapes of slaughter. “The ﬁrst to face us is Androgeos, surrounded by a mighty mob of Greeks. In ignorance, he thinks us fellow troops and welcomes us at once with friendly words: ‘But hurry, men!