A Slight Misunderstanding

By Prosper Mérimée

Translated by Douglas Parmée

ISBN: 9781847494436

280 pages

RRP: £9.99 £7.99

Trapped in an unhappy marriage with a boorish, inattentive and socially ambitious husband, Julie de Chaverny enjoys a flirtatious dalliance with the elegant Major de Châteaufort. However, the sudden reappearance of an old admirer, M. Darcy, who has returned from Turkey with a tale of breathtaking derring-do and chivalry to add to his charms, reawakens in Julie a forgotten passion, and convinces her to pursue a rash and dangerous course, one that will have tragic consequences.

Though less well-known than other works by Mérimée, A Slight Misunderstanding is a masterpiece of psychological insight and a minutely observed social satire.


  • Mérimée’s tales have gradually come to be considered perfect models of the narrative art, and we confess our own admiration for them is such that we feel like declaring it a capital offence in a young storyteller to put pen to paper without having read them and digested them.

    Henry James

Prosper Mérimée

Well-versed in European languages and an archaeologist by profession, Prosper Mérimée (1803–70) wrote stories and novellas which displayed his concern for historical accuracy and his fascination for foreign places.