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Here is Barbara Klein with the story. She did not return in the evening, and Cazeau, her husband, was worried. Cazeau expressed his worries to his servant, Felicite, who served him dinner. He ate alone by the light of a coal-oil lamp. Felicite stood nearby like a restless shadow.

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Here is Barbara Klein with the story. She did not return in the evening, and Cazeau, her husband, was worried. Cazeau expressed his worries to his servant, Felicite, who served him dinner. He ate alone by the light of a coal-oil lamp. Felicite stood nearby like a restless shadow.

It is not right! Cazeau shrugged his shoulders. He was used to being alone and did not mind a night or two of it. Cazeau stood up and walked outside. The night was beginning to deepen and gather black around the groups of trees in the yard. Far away, he could hear the sound of someone playing an accordion. Nearby, a baby was crying. He still had much farm work to do before bed time. He did not have time to think about Athenaise. But he felt her absence like a deep pain. The marriage had been a mistake.

He had only to look into her eyes to feel that, to sense her growing dislike of him. But, the marriage could not be undone. And he was ready to make the best of it and expected the same effort from her. These sad thoughts kept Cazeau awake far into the night.

The moon was shining and its pale light reached into the room. It was still outside, with no sound except the distant notes of the accordion. MUSIC Athenaise did not return the next day, although her husband sent a message to do so through her brother, Monteclin. On the third day, Cazeau prepared his horse and went himself in search of her. The house was far too big for their use. Upstairs, the rooms were so large and empty that they were used for parties.

Madame Miche was sitting on the porch outside the house. She stood up to greet Cazeau. She was short and fat with a cheery face. But she was clearly tense as Cazeau arrived. Monteclin was there too. But he was not uneasy.

He made no effort to hide his dislike of Cazeau. Monteclin disliked Cazeau for refusing to lend him money long ago. Miche and his oldest son were away. They both respected Cazeau and talked highly of him.

Cazeau shook hands with Madame Miche who offered him a chair. Athenaise had shut herself in her room. The boys would not let their sister leave! But Monteclin had told him nothing. Do you have dances every night? Monteclin did not move. When Athenaise said she was not returning to Cazeau she meant it. What Monteclin said was true. Upon arriving home, Athenaise had announced she was there to stay.

It was difficult for her to understand why she had married. Girls were just expected to get married. And she did like Cazeau. Monteclin had asked Athenaise to explain herself. He had asked her if Cazeau abused her, or if he drank too much. I do not like being Missus Cazeau. I want to be Athenaise Miche again. I do not like living with a man, all his clothing everywhere and his ugly bare feet.

And now, there was Cazeau himself looking like he wanted to hit Monteclin. She felt a sense of hopelessness about continuing to rebel against the idea of marriage. She gathered her hat and gloves. Then, she walked downstairs past her brother and mother, got on her horse and rode away. Cazeau followed behind her.

It was late when they reached home. Cazeau once more ate dinner alone. Athenaise sat in her room crying. No one could understand why she so hated her role as wife. Cazeau had never spoken angrily to her or called her names or failed to give her everything she wanted. His main offense seemed to be that he loved her. And Athenaise was not a woman to be loved against her will. At breakfast, Athenaise complained to her husband.

I guess I was a fool to think I could make you happy. I do not know what else to do but make the best of a bad deal and shake hands over it. Her parents had turned from her and her friends laughed at her.

After some thought, Athenaise agreed to his plan. The next morning, Cazeau woke up to find his wife was gone. She had packed her belongings and left in the night. Cazeau felt a terrible sense of loss. It was not new; he had felt it for weeks.

He realized he had missed his chance for happiness. He could not think of loving any other woman, and could not imagine Athenaise ever caring for him. He wrote her a letter stating that he did not want her back unless she returned of her own free will. She was staying at a private hotel that Monteclin had chosen and paid to rent for a month.

A woman named Sylvie owned the hotel and took good care of Athenaise. Athenaise soon became friends with Mister Gouvernail who was also staying at the hotel. This friendship helped her feel less lonely about missing her family. But Mister Gouvernail soon started to fall in love with Athenaise. He knew she was uninformed, unsatisfied and strong-willed.

But he also suspected that she loved her husband, although she did not know it. Bitter as this belief was, he accepted it. She had not found a job and was too homesick to stay any longer.

Also, she had not been feeling well. She complained in detail about her sickness to Sylvie. Sylvie was very wise, and Athenaise was very stupid.

Sylvie very calmly explained to Athenaise that she was feeling sick because she was pregnant. Athenaise sat very still for a long time thinking about this new information. Her whole being was overcome with a wave of happiness. Then, she stood up, ready to take action. She had to tell her mother! And Cazeau! As she thought of him, a whole new sense of life swept over her.

She could not wait to return to him. The next day Athenaise spent travelling home. The country night was warm and still except for a baby crying in the distance.

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She did not return in the evening, and Cazeau, her husband, fretted not a little. He felt sure those "lazy pigs," her brothers, were capable of neglecting it seriously. He was tall, sinewy, swarthy, and altogether severe looking. His thick black hair waved, and it gleamed like the breast of a crow. The sweep of his mustache, which was not so black, outlined the broad contour of the mouth.

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