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“This time I won’t be fooled,” said the Baroness, and expired.

The two men were left alone with the corpse.

“She perished as a victim of duty,” said the Baron. “I hold you responsible for her death.”

“It’s your wife,” replied the young man. “It’s your corpse.”

—Translated from the Polish by Tul’si Bhambry

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Paris Review - The Tragic Tale of the Baron and His Wife, Witold Gombrowicz
ful you look. And as for the lover who used to burn for your body, he has been scorning and disdaining you ever since you disfigured yourself for his sake. Break it off and you will soon ­recover and return to the world of principles.” <span>“This time I won’t be fooled,” said the Baroness, and expired. The two men were left alone with the corpse. “She perished as a victim of duty,” said the Baron. “I hold you responsible for her death.” “It’s your wife,” replied the young man. “It’s your corpse.” —Translated from the Polish by Tul’si Bhambry Love what you've read? Subscribe to The Paris Review. PRINT | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | More You might also enjoy Mark Leyner, Gone With the

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