A letter written by Simone Weil in response to Georges Bernanos's les Grands cimetières sous la lune (1938), in which he commented on events he witnessed in Majorca shortly before (1936-37) during the Spanish Civil War.
A moderately difficult text for French reading practice, this is sketch for an article written by Simone Weil in or around 1939. It gives a very brief overview of "barbarity," i.e., cruelty, from ancient times to the present.
A grammatical and linguistic analysis of the poem "Tristesse" by Alfred de Musset, with special emphasis on the use of the passé composé, and an English translation.
A fairly easy text for practice reading French: a selection of maxims by that king of the form, the 17th-century French moraliste François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680). Introduced, glossed, and translated.
A fairly easy text for practice reading French, although it does involve a nice array of past tenses (simple past, pluperfect, and imperfect). From Jules Verne's Vingt mille lieues sous la mer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
Examples of the conditionnel concessif from Chloderlos de Laclos's famous epistolary novel of 1782. Some involve the conditional present (introduced by Quand and some involve the imperfect subjunctive.
The first poem in Le Spleen de Paris (1869), Baudelaire's collection of poems in prose, and the easiest poem he ever wrote. A series of questions and answers that, according to a likely interpretation, examine the nature of the poet.
Poem 33 in Baudelaire's collection of prose poems le Spleen de Paris. Short and simple, this text embodies the poet's rage to escape from this world by any means.
Prose poem #48, in which Baudelaire presents himself searching throughout the world for a place where his soul and he can be at peace. (It turns out there is no such place.)