By Georges Simenon
Mademoiselle Berthe et son amant est une nouvelle de Georges Simenon, publiée en 1938. Elle fait partie de l. a. série des Maigret.
La nouvelle est écrite à Neuilly en hiver 1937-1938 ou à Porquerolles en mars 1938. Elle connaît une e-book en édition pré-originale dans l'hebdomadaire Police-Film, le 29 avril 1938.
La nouvelle est reprise dans le recueil Les Nouvelles Enquêtes de Maigret en 1944 chez Gallimard.
Maigret, à los angeles retraite dans sa petite maison de Meung-sur-Loire, reçoit une lettre d'appel au secours d'une jeune femme à Paris: intrigué, il se rend au dwelling house de Mlle Berthe, à Montmartre. Celle-ci lui raconte qu'elle est menacée de mort par son amant, qui a participé à un cambriolage.
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Whereas the air I disturbed and infected with my presence can have been of but shallow volume. Fairies I never saw – I had a kind of fear and distaste for them even in books. Nor for that matter – perhaps because the stream here was too tumbling and opaque – a kingfisher. But whatever other company may have been mine, I had the clouds and the water and the insects and the stones – while pimpernel, mouse-tail, tormentil, the wild strawberry, the feathery grasses seemed to have been made expressly for my delight.
Now and again he would favour me with a serious speech, and then, with a glance, perhaps hurry away to his study 53 before I could answer. To his half-completed dissertations on Hop, Cherry, and Paper, I learned he had added another, on the Oyster. Many of his letters were now postmarked Whitstable. He even advertised in his old enemy, the Courier, for information: and would break out into furious abuse at the stupidity of his correspondents. Meanwhile his appetite increased; he would nod in his chair; his clothes grew shabby; his appearance neglected.
A challenge which rarely failed to persuade me to set to. My grandfather sent me other pygmy books from Paris, including a minute masterpiece of calligraphy, Une Anthologie de Chansons pour une Minuscule Aimante et Bien-aimée par P. de R. These I could easily carry about with me. I soon learned to accustom my arms and shoulders to bulkier and more cumbrous volumes. My usual method with a common-sized book was to prop it up towards the middle of the table and then to seat myself at the edge. The page finished, I would walk across and turn over a fresh leaf.