Maupassant often constructs conclusions that annul sequences and, through incompletion,create an unexpected image. Maupassant occasionally forces his reader to see in a new way, with differing results. “Les Epingles” makes use of culturally determined connotations to clarify confusion. In “Le Champ d’oliviers,” the reader follows the horror raised by the priest’s appalling son until by implication the priest arranges an appropriate punishment and, as a corollary, sacrifices himself. As an early variant confirms, Maupassant is unquestionably calling on the reader to collaborate in creating the conclusion of this telling story.