By Stefan Zweig
Édition enrichie de Jean-Pierre Lefebvre comportant une préface et un file sur le roman.
Un médecin colonial, qui se morfond dans un village de Malaisie, se prend de ardour pour une femme de l. a. bourgeoisie, hautaine et froide, venue lui demander de l'aider à avorter. Il l. a. désire et l. a. rejette, violemment. Il los angeles fait chanter... Cette rencontre déclenche en lui une fureur destructrice : l'amok.
Dans cette nouvelle parue en 1922, Zweig exhibe toutes les pulsions d'ordinaire refoulées – ardour morbide, masochisme, égoïsme et orgueil – en parlant de sexualité de manière étonnamment clinique. Il dénonce ainsi le malaise dans l. a. société occidentale, le moralisme qui asservit les hommes comme les femmes.
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But shall we let it be said that the Sheriff of Nottingham did cow bold Robin Hood and sevenscore as fair archers as are in all merry England? Nay, good David, what thou tellest me maketh me to desire the prize even more than I else should do. But what sayeth our good gossip Swanthold? ’ Thus he says, truly, therefore we must meet guile with guile. Now some of you clothe yourselves as curtal friars, and some as rustic peasants, and some as tinkers, or as beggars, but see that each man taketh a good bow or broadsword, in case need should arise.
Well, then,” quoth Robin, “list thou and I will tell, but bear thyself up bravely, for the news is sad, I wot. ” “Now a murrain seize thee and thy news, thou scurvy dog,” quoth the Tinker, “for thou speakest but ill of good men. ” “Nay,” said Robin, “thou hast missed the mark and dost but weep for the wrong sow. ” “Now by the pewter platter of Saint Dunstan,” cried the Tinker, “I have a good part of a mind to baste thy hide for thine ill jest. ” Loud laughed Robin and cried: “Now well taken, Tinker, well taken!
Ay, marry, that will I abide thy coming, and joyously, too,” quoth the stranger; whereupon he leaned sturdily upon his staff to await Robin. Then Robin Hood stepped quickly to the coverside and cut a good staff of ground oak, straight, without flaw, and six feet in length, and came back trimming away the tender stems from it, while the stranger waited for him, leaning upon his staff, and whistling as he gazed round about. Robin observed him furtively as he trimmed his staff, measuring him from top to toe from out the corner of his eye, and thought that he had never seen a lustier or a stouter man.