Boitelle is a short novel by Guy de Maupassant published in 1889. Boitelle is a poor laborer who recounts the only great pain of his life. When he was 20-year-old soldier, he fell in love in Le Havre with a black servant, abandoned, without anyone in the world, in whom he was convinced he had found the ideal companion. But his parents, after a series of comical attempts, had not managed to get used to this idea, they found her “too dark” for them. Faced with their opposition, he lowered his head, renouncing this union, married another woman and had fourteen children.