SIMENON SIMENON. LE PETIT DOCTEUR: LA DEMOISELLE EN BLEU PALE
La deuxième nouvelle dans laquelle le docteur sauve deux innocents et empêche son propre meurtre.
SIMENON SIMENON. LE PETIT DOCTEUR: LA SIGNORINA IN AZZURRO
Il secondo racconto in cui il dottore salva due innocenti e sfugge alla propria morte.
The second episode in this collection takes place a month later at a seaside resort where Dollent, still a bachelor at 30, falls in love. According to a lighthearted Simenon, this happens to him “at least once and often several times a month” whereas Chief Inspector Maigret has but one love throughout his long life. The target of affection this time is Lina, a delicate perfect doll, but just a teenager under the tight guard of her overly made-up and overdressed duenna, Miss Esther. Alas, Lina is in love with Bernard, a handsome, rich speedboat racer and an opposite figure to the doctor. When Lina openly steals money off a roulette table, our hero rescues her with a lie. Despite this, she ignores him―except for insulting messages she traces in the sand on the beach with her toes. A mind-your-own-business note shows up in his locked room and, five stories below its open window, a barefooted man lies unconscious on the ground. Additional strange clues of an English newspaper advertisement read by all and a colorful beach ball tossed onto a lap propel our hero deeper into the mystery until, after a fight and a gunshot, he emerges victorious with its resolution.