by Adolphe Chenevière · Intermediate

A young man, forced to enter the French Army because of family tradition, tells his friend a story about the horrors of war in North Africa. He remembers attacking a village and killing men and women, only to find a little girl who is left an orphan. He takes her with him and grows to love her but his relationship with her is spoiled when he hits her for a terrible act of cruelty (1,520 words).

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