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«Самоубийцы» на английском языке

Suicides

51 голос
Автор
Страниц:
8
Время чтения:
30 минут
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Опубликовано
1883
Язык оригинала
Французский

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To Georges Legrand.
Hardly a day goes by without our reading a news item like the following in some newspaper:
"On Wednesday night the people living in No. 40 Rue de — — -, were awakened by two successive shots. The explosions seemed to come from the apartment occupied by M. X — — . The door was broken in and the man was found bathed in his blood, still holding in one hand the revolver with which he had taken his life.
"M. X — — was fifty-seven years of age, enjoying a comfortable income, and had everything necessary to make him happy. No cause can be found for his action."
What terrible grief, what unknown suffering, hidden despair, secret wounds drive these presumably happy persons to suicide? We search, we imagine tragedies of love, we suspect financial troubles, and, as we never find anything definite, we apply to these deaths the word "mystery."
A letter found on the desk of one of these "suicides without cause," and written during his last night, beside his loaded revolver, has come into our hands. We deem it rather interesting. It reveals none of those great catastrophes which we always expect to find behind these acts of despair; but it shows us the slow succession of the little vexations of life, the disintegration of a lonely existence, whose dreams have disappeared; it gives the reason for these tragic ends, which only nervous and high-strung people can understand.
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