Excerpt from The Marriage of Mademoiselle Gimel: And Other Stories Of the five stories which compose this collection, the first three have never appeared before. The last two formed, with others, Donatienne, Madame Dor, l'Adjutant, les Trois Peines d'un Rossigl, a volume published in 1894 under the title of Humble Amour. In writing the first version of Donatienne, that which the Revue des Deux Mondes published June 1, 1894, I felt very clearly that I was composing the beginning of a romance. But ne of the imagined developments satisfied me. It was t until several years later, about the summer of 1900, that I found in real life, as always, the deuement of this drama of abandonment. I set myself immediately to work and the story became a romance. The volume of Humble Amour was withdrawn from circulation and the copies were destroyed. That is the strange shipwreck from which I have thought it possible to save two stories which reappear here. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.