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The Vase of Clay
The Vase of Clay
Jean Aicard I Jean had inherited from his father a little field close beside the sea. Round this field the branches of the pine trees murmured a response to the...
The Last Lesson
Alphonse Daudet I started for school very late that morning and was in great dread of a scolding, especially because M. Hamel had said that he would question us on...
Image accompanying a poem celebrating the warmth and homeliness of a family house in Normandy
Quettreville: the Gastaud House
Mocco Wollert   The gentle rain runs in vaporous tears down the somber roof and powerful walls of the old granite house blending into grey. Full-blown flowers, pearled with moisture...
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In Search of a Corsican Past
Bhama Daly   “Impossib!” He shakes his head, shrugs his polo-clad shoulders. “What are you saying?” The word 'saying' pronounced in French makes it sound lyrical. “That is ridiculous!” He...
Image accompanying a poem recalling the pleasures of good food and agreeable company afforded by hospitality in Quettreville-sur-Sienne, Normandy
Quettreville Hospitality
Mocco Wollert   A generous table invites friend and traveler, precious hours are spent sharing crusty bread while amber liquid calls from crystal decanters. Chicken steams on pearly rice competing...
Image accompanying a poem describing tranquility, beauty and the natural world beside the River Sienne at Quettreville-sur-Sienne, Normandy
Quettreville River
Mocco Wollert   Evening sun brushes the landscape with summer glory, deep green river water twinkles with gold flecks, darting silver sparks old-time poplars throw into the breeze. Covered in...
Image accompanying a poem written in homage to the Église Notre Dame et Sainte Agathe in Quettreville-sur-Sienne, Normandy
Quettreville Church
Mocco Wollert   Large portals guard its sanctity allowing my careful entrance only through a small hidden side door. Inside waits a languorous sepia world, soft dust veils trailing the...
Jean Monette
Jean Monette
Eugene Francois Vidocq At the time when I first became commissary of police, my arrondissement was in that part of Paris which includes the Rue St. Antoine—a street which has...
The Passage of the Red Sea
The Passage of the Red Sea
Henry Murger For five or six years Marcel had been engaged upon the famous painting which he said was meant to represent the Passage of the Red Sea; and for...
The Guilty Secret
The Guilty Secret
Paul de Kock Nathalie De Hauteville was twenty-two years old, and had been a widow for three years. She was one of the prettiest women in Paris; her large dark...