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Boule de Suif

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📖 Pages66
⏰ Reading time 2 hours 45 minutes
💡 Originally published1880
🌏 Original language French
📌 Types Tales , Novels
📌 Genres Prose, Psychological, Realism, Social
📌 Sections Psychological novel , Realistic novel , Social novel

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For several days in succession the remnants of a routed army had been passing through the City. They were not troops, but disorganized hordes. The men had long, dirty beards and tattered uniforms; they walked with a listless gait, without flag nor formation. All seemed exhausted, worn out, incapable of thought or resolve, marching only by force of habit and dropping with fatigue as soon as they stopped. One saw for the most part hastily mobilized men, peaceful business men and rentiers, bending under the weight of their rifles; young snappy volunteers, easily scared, but full of enthusiasm, ready to attack as well as to retreat; then, among them, a few red trousers, fragments of a division decimated in a great battle; despondent artillery men aligned with these non-descript infantrymen; and there and there the shining helmet of a heavy footed dragon who had difficulty in keeping step with the quicker pace of the soldiers of the line.
Legions of francs-tireurs with heroic names: "Avengers of Defeat" — "Citizens of the Tombs" — "Brothers in Death" — passed in their turn looking like bandits.
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