Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed it. It reminded me of Poe (as it did many others if you read the comments), which is somewhat strange considering it's by a modern author. Stranger still when it's posted on a site dedicated to learners and teachers of English. English is clearly my first language but I even added a few words to my vocabulary while reading it. In any case, it comes across as a legitimate short story (versus one written merely to teach someone English).
It's a story about a man, the Count de Gruse, entertaining guests at his place in Paris, recounting a tale told to him by a winegrower who had spent some time in Madagascar where the winegrower had met his wife. It has a bit of a twist at the end, but given that the Count de Gruse doesn't appear to really like his guests, Essberger wisely leaves open the possibility that he is an unreliable narrator.
Enjoy it with a glass of wine. Red wine.
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