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By Jean Teulé

With the twenty-first century only a far away reminiscence and the area in environmental chaos, many of us have misplaced the desire to live.

Business is brisk on the Suicide store. Run via the Tuvache kin, the store bargains numerous how one can finish all of it, with whatever to slot each budget.

The Tuvaches pass mournfully approximately their enterprise till the youngest family member threatens to wreck their contented distress by way of confronting them with anything they have by no means encountered sooner than: a love of life.

Jean Teulé lives within the Marais together with his better half, the French movie actress Miou-Miou.

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25 ‘Learn to examine your self utilizing the mirrored image of this masks, Mademoiselle. examine your self back after which take it again in your condominium. you could placed it on your rest room or in your bedside desk. ’ ‘Oh, goodness me, no thanks! I’ve already obvious sufficient horrors …’ ‘Yes,’ insists Alan, dealing with the money sign up. ‘Learn to like your self. move on, yet one more time to thrill me. ’ He holds up the reflect masks in entrance of the younger lady, who fast turns her head away. ‘I can’t. ’ ‘But why? ’ ‘I’m gigantic. ’ ‘How are you big? What on the earth are you asserting? You’re like every person else: an identical variety of ears, eyes, a nostril … What’s the variation? ’ ‘You has to be capable of see it, infant. My conk is lengthy and misshapen. My peepers are too shut jointly, and i've huge, immense cheeks, lined in spots. ’ ‘Oh come on, what garbage! Let’s see …’ Alan opens the drawer underneath the money sign up and unrolls a metre-long dressmaker’s tape degree. He areas the steel tip of 1 finish among the customer’s eyes and stretches it to the end of the nostril. ‘Right, seven centimetres. what number may still it's? 5? And what concerning the house among your eyes? Let’s degree that. How a lot extra aside should still they be? One centimetre, not more. The cheeks … how a lot too huge are they? Don’t circulate, whereas I position this less than your earlobe. for my part, I’d say 4 centimetres too significant. ’ ‘Each. ’ ‘Yes, every one, if you happen to like. yet, besides, all of it provides as much as a number of millimetres in comparison to the scale of the universe. It’s no longer adequate to debris every little thing up! What i do know is, while I observed you come back in, I didn’t see an additional terrestrial with 8 tentacles coated in suckers and around eyes on the finish of twelve-metre antennae! Ah, you’re smiling … Smiling fits you. See how a lot it fits you,’ he says, lifting up the white plastic masks in entrance of the buyer, who instantly pulls a face. ‘My the teeth are hideous. ’ ‘No, they’re no longer hideous. Crooked like that, they provide you the glance of a bit woman who’s no longer prepared for braces. It’s touching. Smile. ’ ‘You’re type. ’ ‘It’s real that he’s being variety …’ a low voice reviews in a whisper, rather far from the younger woman’s again, ‘because her enamel are fairly bad. ’ ‘Shh. ’ Mishima and Lucrèce, status part by way of facet via the razorblade rack with fingers folded, silently notice their son, who's trying to flog a masks to this purchaser, of whom they could see not anything yet her waist much less again, and her fats backside, and her legs like fence-posts. they've got a glimpse of the grotesque gains of her inelegant face mirrored within the replicate of the white masks as Alan holds it out in entrance of her. ‘Smile. What’s occurring to you is common. I’ve frequently heard humans right here say that they all started via no longer with the ability to examine themselves in store home windows any further, then that they tear up the pictures of themselves. Smile, everyone is you! ’ ‘I’m lined in spots. ’ ‘Anxiety spots … if you are extra cozy, they're going to leave. ’ ‘My colleagues imagine I’m silly. ’ ‘That’s since you lack self belief in your self.

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