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Butterball (Hesperus Classics)

Butterball (Hesperus Classics)

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Butterball is Maupassant's most critically acclaimed short story. Set during the Franco-Prussian war, it is a sympathetic and original portrayal of a prostitute's mistreatment at the hands of a cold-hearted bourgeoisie. When Butterball's carriage is halted by Prussian soldiers, they demand her sexual services in ransom. Her fellow passengers - hitherto so disdainful of her company - are suddenly more than happy to benefit from her 'immoral' trade. But Butterball is a loyal French nationalist: and she refuses on principle to sleep with the enemy. Through the warmth and generosity of his prostitute heroine, Maupassant exposes the hypocrisy of the French middle-classes.