Claude, an artist who puts physical beauty before the eyes of others, but sees none in himself, rescues a fair maiden he soon falls in love with. But does physical attractiveness blind people to the beauty inside and outer beauty lead to the idealization of less than ideal character?

A more modern Polyphemus and Galatea tale for fans of Greek myth, but with a final message of hope.

An approximately 9,000 word story, this book includes both the original 1889 French story and a modern (2012) English translation, as well as notes on the text.