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By Karen Blixen

With the mysterious arrival of Babette, a refugee from France's civil battle, lifestyles for 2 pious sisters and their tiny hamlet starts off to alter. sooner than lengthy, Babette has confident them to aim whatever except boiled codfish and ale bread: a connoisseur French meal. Her banquet scandalizes the elders, aside from the vacationing normal. simply who's this surprisingly gifted Babette, who has terrified this pious city with the chance of wasting their souls for taking part in an excessive amount of earthly excitement?

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Les fermiers eux-mêmes passaient dans les hameaux, par tous les chemins des domaines, dans les fermes isolées. À chaque famille, ils offraient la charité de recueillir l’un de ses enfants ; ainsi que le secours immédiat d’une pièce d’argent et, plus précieux encore, quelques vivres. La faim 40 G4/450-D65677-BAT-3 à fin Page 41 Mardi, 4. juillet 2006 4:42 16 avilit sûrement : les parents cédaient leurs plus beaux petits ; les mères pleuraient mais obtempéraient, pensant sauver ainsi leur progéniture.

Il y eut un printemps terrible de gelées tardives et de grêles violentes. L’été fut pire encore : l’eau manqua partout, avec l’eau le fourrage ; une sécheresse extrême brûla les blés, le seigle et le froment. Le petit peuple des journaliers ne trouva plus à louer ses bras. À la fin de septembre la nature impitoyable avait jeté des centaines de gueux sur les chemins de Provence, où ils se traînaient dans la plus noire misère. Le peuple dut renoncer au pain, dont le prix s’était envolé. À Gardanne deux boulangers furent attaqués, dépouillés, massacrés.

Le malheureux homme s’était aventuré, un soir qu’il avait bu plus que de raison, à échanger avec son voisin de table, à la taverne de son village, des propos séditieux qu’un mouchard s’était empressé de rapporter à la police. On avait aussi trouvé dans son échoppe un exemplaire d’un libelle ordurier à l’endroit de quelques notables du cru. Un juge nouveau venait d’être appelé à exercer dans cette juridiction ; il crut devoir se montrer sévère, afin d’en imposer au peuple et de plaire aux puissants.

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