My Four Weeks in France

My Four Weeks in France

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...potatoes as other than a separate course. I was about to help myself to a generous portion when the captain cried: "Here! Better leave those things alone. You know what they do to you." I told him I didn't believe two or three would hurt, and proceeded to take three. "When a half Indian eats potatoes," said the captain, "he usually forgets himself and runs amuck." Our guest probably didn't know what a muck was, but it had an unpleasant sound, and the look she gave me was neither friendly nor trusting. "The greatest difference between France and America," continued Captain Jones, "is in the people. In America a man ordinarily takes the initiative in striking up an acquaintance with a woman. He has to speak to her before she'll speak to him. This would never do in France, where the men are too shy. Then there's a difference in the way men treat their wives and horses. Americans use whips instead of clubs. And Americans have funny ideas about their homes. Private bedrooms and playrooms are provided for their pets--zebras, lizards and wild cats--and the little fellows are given to understand that they must remain in them and not run all over the house, like one of your cows." He paused to ask me how the potatoes were acting. I said it was too soon to tell, but I felt a little dizzy in the head. He suggested it were better to go back to our compartment, where there were less things to throw in the event of my reaching the throwing stage. "On the other hand," I said, "if I am deprived of knives, forks and plates, I will pick on human beings, and I usually aim out the windows." But he said he was sick of the atmosphere in the diner. We asked for l'addition and argued over who should...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611357
  • 9781236611352