It is this precise style that Maupassant exhibits but coupled with a clarity, an ease, and a grace that Mérimée could not boast.
As always with Maupassant, it is out of the bitter that comes the sweet.
But Maupassant affected Tolstoy as he had affected Turgenieff.
Maupassant could draw gentlemen and ladies, but he often did not do so.
Maupassant was the man of his period, and his period was that of Naturalism.
In fact he may with justice be termed the German Maupassant.
And these exquisite miniatures were set in the frame of a lucid, pregnant, virile style, not unworthy of Maupassant or Kjelland.
Bourget, Maupassant and Loti are found in all the stations, offered with the roast.
Maupassant—Kipling—they would delight the world with such a thing.
That boy Maupassant had more stuff in him than a wilderness of Zolas, Goncourts, and the rest.