Plus One English The Trip of Le Horla Summary, Notes

Plus One English  The Trip of Le Horla Summary, Notes

Le Horla is a short story by Guy de Maupassant first published in the 1880s.De Maupassant,
who is one of the leading authors of the French Realism movement, was a master of short 
stories and his adeptness at writing them are very apparent in this work. 

Le Horla (which also appears to be the name of a science fiction film)was written during a time 
when de Maupassant himself was experiencing some of the same feelings with which he imbued his 
main character. The main character's name is Georges, and he is a man who experiences 
troubling dreams concerning unseen forces pulling him outside his home, trying to take
him away.  

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Chapter Chapter 2
Chapter Name The Trip of Le Horla
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Kerala Syllabus plus one English Notes Unit III Chapter 2 The Trip Of Le Horla (Short Story)

Chapter 2: The Trip of Le Horla 


Guy de Maupassant 
Guy de Maupassant was a French writer who lived in the nineteenth century. His short stories are well known. ‘The Trip of Le Horla’ is a travel essay.In the story, he recalls his experience of balloon riding. The first name of this travel article was from Paris to Heyst. The balloon tour takes placebetween La Villette in Paris and Heyst in Belgium. The name of the balloonwas ‘Le Horla.’ Which translates as ‘outsider.’
Maupassant is considered one of the founding fathers of modern literature.He developed several important literary techniques, such as the use of conversations to present characters and generate humor.
Guy de Maupassant is probably one of the most prolific and well-known names in French literature. His contributions to the style are being discussed to this day.  Being an orphan, he never graduated from school, but wrote his first pieces in the early 1880s. He would eventually become a big success, translating some of his works into English and even publishing many books in English, as well as German and Italian.



The interviewer receives a call from Captain Jovis informing him that the air balloon trip will begin at 5 p.m. As a result, he arrives in La Villette at five o'clock. The balloon is in the yard, and its yellow stuff hangs on a string. People who came to see the story of the narrator and others began to search for the basket of the hot air balloon. The word “Le Horla” is written on a plate of mahogany on a basket.
The gas is pumped into a yellow cloth through a long tube. As a result, "Le Horla" begins to grow steadily. Captain Jovis and his team did all the work, such as stretching the net to keep the pressure high. Some argue that the air balloon will be destroyed before it reaches the walls. Passengers eat as usual before boarding a hot air balloon basket.
Captain Jovis and his crew attached a basket to the balloon. Barometers have been used to predict the weather. They kept an alarm, two trumpets, food, coats, raincoats and other items before the passengers began their journey. Captain Jovis, Lieutenant Mallet, M. Etierine Beer, M. Paul Bessand, and Guy de Maupassant are the last to ride the basket.
Le Horla is flying in the sky. "We are floating, we are climbing, we are flying, we are gliding!" Says the narrator. Passengers see spectacular views of Paris, domes, towers, hills, “airplane,” “land,” long, narrow, white highways, lush green fields, and dark wood. The air balloon goes up and down at different times. They may hear sounds like “the sound of tires rolling in the streets,” “a whip,” the driver's voice, “the rolling of the train,” and the boys laughing as they go.
The clock is ticking. It is now after ten o'clock. Riders can hear “the sounds of the land,” “quail cries,” “cat food,” “dog barking,” and “cow” howls. They can also sense “the smell of the ground,” “the smelly grass,” the flowers, and the humidity. Passengers throw sand into the ballast wherever the air balloon falls. They even tossed a handful of sand, a piece of paper, one or two drops of water, and some chicken bones. They can even smell “gas.”
The air balloon is now going up. Passengers climb two thousand feet [2,000 m]. They can't see the barometers to check the weather because it's dark. However, they realized that they were rising because of the collapse of the rice paper, which is likened to “dead butterflies.” They cannot see the earth as it is shrouded in mist. The stars are shining on them. They feel that the moon is rising. They even observed that the earth was submerged in “seaweed” that looked like a sea. They consider the moon to be “just another balloon,” and the balloon is likened to “a great moon.” The riders are likened to “birds that do not even have to flap their wings,” according to the publisher.
Passengers forget their problems, memories, regrets, plans, and hopes during their air balloon trip. They are increasing again. It is now 12:01 a.m. They travel through “the cultivated land” and “the great city.” They saw the shadow of an air balloon, which the passengers had misinterpreted at first. Then they heard the sound of "foundries". With the help of a hot star, they realize they are on their way to Belgium. The shadow of an air balloon keeps growing as it moves, resembling a “baby ball.”
Captain Jovis knows there is a coming storm. The light is growing slowly now, and passengers can clearly see the trains, streams, cattle, and goats. They can also hear the cock crowing and the voice of ducks. They even saw the girls waving at them. They even see a river-like highway with many islands.
The air balloon is about to go down. Passengers know they are near the water. So it would be dangerous if they did not stay now. Captain Jovis is hunting for a place to stay. They have to cross the ditch. The arrival of hens, doves, ducks, dogs, cattle and cats is frightening. Direct the arrow down so they can sit safely. They passed a beetroot farm.
The passengers live in a wooded area with the help of a boy rope. At 3:15 a.m., they touched the floor. Arrival is so bad that the basket rolls over several times before you lie down. When they saw them coming to the ground, Belgians ran to help. And the herds of cattle are rushing against them. Travelers are able to pack up and head to Heyst station to catch a train to Paris with the help of Belgian farmers. As the story of the trip ends, Guy de Maupassant expresses gratitude to Captain Jovis for inviting him to a hot air balloon flight, giving him a magnificent view of the Paris air.

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