By Guy de Maupassant.
A group of young men lead a care-free life, idling away their summer in a sailing boat on the Seine.
Events take an unexpected turn when one of them introduces a girlfriend into the group.
Read by Bill Nighy.
Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko.
Bill Nighy reads a summery tale of love and friendship by Guy de Maupassant.
A PRECURSOR TO "JULES ET JIM" AND A VIVID SNAPSHOT OF LIFE ON THE SEINE.
"She was a sweet girl but not really pretty, a rough sketch of a woman with a little of everything in her, one of those silhouettes which artists draw in three strokes on the tablecloth in a cafe after dinner, between a glass of brandy and a cigarette."
Our narrator recalls the days when he and four friends shared a little rowing boat (the Feuille-a-I' Envers), and spent their summers idling on the Seine.
When one of them introduces a girlfriend into the group, the story takes an unexpected turn, and each embarks on their own affair with the care-free Mouche...a sort of menage-a-cinq.
When harmony is threatened, their collective friendship steers them clear of certain tragedy.
This is one of Maupassant's best stories - it shimmers with summer, and although the tone's light-hearted, it is incredibly poignant and touching.