Night Flight (Harbrace Paperbound Library, Hpl63)

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells concerning the courageous males who piloted evening mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina within the early days of business aviation. Preface via André Gide. Translated through Stuart Gilbert.

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As soon as he had chanced it, explaining how that ugly illness of his had spoilt his existence. All he had obtained from Rivière was once a jeer. “Stops you napping, eh? a lot the higher on your paintings! ” Rivière spoke basically part in jest. one among his sayings used to be: “If a composer suffers from lack of sleep and his sleeplessness induces him to show out masterpieces, what a ecocnomic loss it really is! ” sooner or later, too, he had acknowledged of Leroux: “Just examine him! I name it an outstanding factor, ugliness like that—so ideal that it's going to warn off any sweetheart! ” and maybe, certainly, Leroux owed what was once most interesting in him to his misfortune, which obliged him to reside just for his paintings. “Pellerin’s an excellent pal of yours, isn’t he, Robineau? ” “Well—” “I’m no longer reproaching you. ” Rivière made a half-turn and with bowed head, taking brief steps, paced backward and forward with Robineau. A sour smile, incomprehensible to Robineau, got here to his lips. “Only ... simply you're his leader, you spot. ” “Yes,” stated Robineau. Rivière used to be pondering how this night, as each evening, a conflict used to be in development within the southern sky. A moment’s weakening of the desire may perhaps spell defeat; there has been, maybe, a lot battling to be performed prior to the sunrise. “You may still preserve your home, Robineau. ” Rivière weighed his phrases. “You can have to reserve this pilot the next day evening to begin on a deadly flight. he'll need to obey you. ” “Yes. ” “The lives of fellows worthy greater than you're on your arms. ” He looked as if it would hesitate. “It’s a major topic. ” For some time Rivière paced the room in silence, taking his little steps. “If they obey you simply because they prefer you, Robineau, you’re fooling them. you don't have any correct to invite any sacrifice of them. ” “No, after all now not. ” “And in the event that they imagine that your friendship gets them off unpleasant tasks, you’re fooling them back. they need to obey at the least. sit. ” With a marginally of his hand Rivière lightly propelled Inspector Robineau towards the table. “I am going to educate you a lesson, Robineau. should you suppose run down it’s no longer those men’s company to provide you strength. you're their leader. Your weak point is absurd. Now write! ” “I—” “Write. Inspector Robineau imposes the penalty acknowledged hereunder on Pellerin, Pilot, at the following grounds. ... you can find whatever to fill within the blanks. ” “Sir! ” “Act as if you understood, Robineau. Love the lads below your orders—but don't allow them to comprehend it. ” So, once again, Robineau could supervise the cleansing of every propeller-boss, with zest. *** An emergency touchdown floor despatched in a radio message. airplane in sight. aircraft signs: Engine hassle; approximately to land. That intended part an hour misplaced. Rivière felt that temper of inflammation the vacationer is familiar with whilst his exhibit is held up by means of a sign and the mins now not yield their toll of passing hedgerows. the massive clock hand used to be turning now an empty hemicycle inside whose compass such a lot of issues may have outfitted in. To whereas away the period Rivière went out and now the evening appeared hole as a degree with out an actor. Wasted_a evening like this! He nursed a grudge opposed to the cloudless sky with its wealth of stars, the moon’s celestial beacon, the squandered gold of this kind of night....

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