Sketches from Normandy

Sketches from Normandy

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...fact they really do not think it is at all wrong, rather a duty to bleed us, as they imagine the English and Americans don't value money at all, and that we would just as soon pay a hundred francs as fifty. You see, French people don't travel like we do, and they hate spending money when they do travel, and look upon us as extravagant lunatics because we don't care to fuss and argue and get into a state of unnecessary excitement over a few sous. French men are not so bad, but French women are just awful--even in the better classes--ovt-money. They will haggle and squabble more over five cents than an English or American working man's wife would over five shillings. Now, you know old Madame G at Rouen. She is just the very soul of hospitality; entertains a lot, as you know; has one son a colonel in the Cuirassiers and another who is one of the richest cotton men in Marseilles. Well, when I was staying with her last year, she nearly gave up the ghost in a fit of rage because one of her grandsons had given away a pocketknife, worth about ten sous, to another boy. She just shrieked at that poor kiddie as if he had committed some awful crime, and was on the high road to ruin, and would disgrace the entire family by his wild and wicked extravagance. And yet the dear old thing is the soul of generosity--always gives a hundred francs a year to the Animals' Protection Society, fifty francs a year to the English Sailors' Home at Rouen, and maintains a creche in this very city, which must cost her quite two thousand francs a year. But if she lost a sou in the street, or found that one of her four servants had broken a piece of crockery she would have a fit, and be miserable for quite a time." We took the tram, and went to Sanvic, And then wandered...
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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555449
  • 9781236555441