XII. LAST FRIEND

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One day last summer, about the month of June, Claire and her mother were working in the living room, while I was perched in my usual place, on the shoulder of the girl, where I played with her coiffure and … Read More

XI. INGRATE AND COWARD

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The Blackbird, using his strength at my instigation, drove out this denatured father from our quarter: we were rid of this sad household and peace reigned again around us. Our children were visibly growing; their kindness was extreme; already they … Read More

X. HOUSEHOLDS ON HOUSEHOLDS

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I was never happier than in this blessed garden of heaven. Abundance of possessions, profound peace, charming relations with the highest sparrows of the capital, was it necessary more for my fate to be worthy of envy? Alas! yes, I … Read More

IX. TOO HAPPY

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Give! so that God who endows families, Give your sons strength and grace to your daughters; So that your vine always has a sweet fruit; So that a more mature wheat bends your barns; In order to be better; in … Read More

VIII. DISCOURAGEMENT

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I had gone heartbroken, despite the carelessness and proverbial gaiety of my character. I could not overcome my pain, for the sorrow I felt was of a different nature from all those who had overwhelmed me to this day. My … Read More

VII. O MISFORTUNE, BE WELCOME, IF YOU COME ALONE!

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When it’s snowing in the cold, When the wind whips the roofs; When under the feet the ice screams, The tree complains and the bird prays: “My God, do not leave us “During the winter and its frost!” (Regensburg). It … Read More

THE GREAT HEATHLANDS

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Everyone says he is a friend; but crazy who rests there. Nothing is more common than this name, Nothing is more rare than the thing. (La Fontaine.) Decidedly misfortune presided over my destiny. It was written that I had to … Read More

THE ELECTION OF THE KING OF BIRDS

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No animal, no being and no creature Who does not have its opposite: it is the law of nature. To look for the reason, they are superfluous care. God did well what he did, and I do not know more … Read More

THE HOSPITALITY OF A MARABOU STORK

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No path of flowers leads to glory, I only want Hercules and his works to be a witness. (La Fountaine.) The first event I remembered was a terrible cataclysm that deprived me of all of my family at once, and … Read More

AUSTRALIA – MORE COUSINES

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“Lovely luck! Here I am aboard, at the moment when I had no desire to embark! That’s fine, life is safe … but where are we going on this unknown ship? …..” Such was my monologue, hiding me as close … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: XVII. VITALITY OF ANOMMAS – THE HEN PASSES IN FRONT OF THE NOSE

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The adventures of a red ant: XVII. VITALITY OF ANOMMAS – THE HEN PASSES IN FRONT OF THE NOSE Before the end of the following week, I had eaten python like the others, we had surprised one in a swamp … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: XVI. IN SENEGAL – N’DIEN – THE PYTHON

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I remained a few days in the orchard; but, by two or three adventures which nearly happened to me, I judged that the stay in the midst of those big oxen which blindly trampled all this campaign, was unhealthy for … Read More

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