Mouche

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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.