A Passion in the Desert

A Passion in the Desert

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by Honore de Balzac
     
 

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At this moment the panther turned her head toward the man and looked at him fixedly without moving. The rigidity of her metallic eyes and their insupportable luster made him shudder, especially when the animal walked towards him. But he looked at her caressingly, staring into her eyes in order to magnetize her, and let her come quite close to him; then with a movement

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At this moment the panther turned her head toward the man and looked at him fixedly without moving. The rigidity of her metallic eyes and their insupportable luster made him shudder, especially when the animal walked towards him. But he looked at her caressingly, staring into her eyes in order to magnetize her, and let her come quite close to him; then with a movement both gentle and amorous, as though he were caressing the most beautiful of women, he passed his hand over her whole body, from the head to the tail, scratching the flexible vertebrae which divided the panther's yellow back. The animal waved her tail voluptuously, and her eyes grew gentle; and when for the third time the Frenchman accomplished this interesting flattery, she gave forth one of those purrings by which cats express their pleasure; but this murmur issued from a throat so powerful and so deep that it resounded through the cave like the last vibrations of an organ in a church. The man, understanding the importance of his caresses, redoubled them in such a way as to surprise and stupefy his imperious courtesan. When he felt sure of having extinguished the ferocity of his capricious companion, whose hunger had so fortunately been satisfied the day before, he got up to go out of the cave; the panther let him go out, but when he had reached the summit of the hill she sprang with the lightness of a sparrow hopping from twig to twig, and rubbed herself against his legs, putting up her back after the manner of all the race of cats. Then regarding her guest with eyes whose glare had softened a little, she gave vent to that wild cry which naturalists compare to the grating of a saw.

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ISBN-13:
9781613101735
Publisher:
Library of Alexandria
Publication date:
01/27/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
286 KB

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A Passion In The Desert 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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SAW THE FILM AND WAS INTRIGUED AT HOW WELL THEY STUCK TO THE STORY.....WHICH I HAD NEVER READ THO WAS FAMILIAR WITH BALZAC. THEY DID ADMIRABLY IN MOVIE AND THE BOOK WAS JUST AS ENJOYABLE. VERY, VERY SHORT STORY REALLY WITH VERY, VERY LARGE DIMENSIONS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a great story