I almost gave up on this novella due to George Sand’s preface. She seemed too eager to try and justify the telling of a simple story that didn’t mean anything big and profound. There was no need – the story was good and it was well written, and i’m glad I persevered. The end also grated with more authorial instruction and intrusion into the story. So, I am of two minds about George Sand based on this short novel. She could tell a story very well and the story was interesting and perspicacious – but there was a lack of judgement (or some ego) with her framing. It seems I will have to read more by her because it was good and hopefully her artifice was just a one-off. This was free from the kindle store – definitely worth it.