Le voleur

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Author: Georges Darien (Georges Hippolyte Adrien)
Published: 1898
Language: French
Wordcount: 144,136 / 470 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 693
Added to site: 2005.03.09
mnybks.net#: 9958
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à une fête de banlieue. Comme j'avais fait manoeuvrer sans succès les différents tourniquets chargés de pavés de Reims, de porcelaines utiles et de lapins mélancoliques, il s'est mis en colère.

-- Tu vas voir, a-t-il dit, que Phanor est plus adroit que toi.

Il a fait dresser le chien contre la machine et la lui a fait mettre en mouvement d'un coup de patte autoritaire. Phanor a gagné le gros lot, un grand morceau de pain d'épice.

-- Puisqu'il l'a gagné, a prononcé mon père, qu'il le mange!

Il a déposé le pain d'épice sur l'herbe et le chien s'est mis à l'entamer, avec plaisir certainement, mais sans enthousiasme. Des hommes vêtus en ouvriers, derrière nous, ont murmuré.

-- C'est honteux, ont-ils dit, de jeter ce pain d'épice à un chien lorsque tant d'enfants seraient si heureux de l'avoir.

Mon père n'a pas bronché. Mais, quand nous avons été partis, je l'ai entendu qui disait à ma mère:

-- Ce sont des souteneurs, tu sais.

J'ai demandé ce que c'était que les souteneurs. On ne m'a pas ré

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