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conte cruel

"Conte cruel" is a French phrase that means "cruel story". It's used to describe a type of story that is harsh or mean-spirited.

Let's say that you were reading a story about a little mouse who wanted to find some cheese. In a "conte cruel" version of the story, the mouse might get caught by a cat or a trap and never find the cheese. The story would end in a sad way, without a happy resolution for the mouse.

"Conte cruel" stories can be a way to explore difficult or dark emotions, but they're not always appropriate for young children. It's important to know that not all stories have a happy ending, and sometimes things in life can be tough or sad. But it's also important to balance these stories with hope and positivity.