Ma Cousine Pot-Au-Feu

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Language: French
Wordcount: 35,847 / 125 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,635
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rès, au second les dos respectables des Vaudelnay de trois générations, succédant à tant d'autres qui, sans doute, avaient prié au même endroit et dans le même appareil depuis quatre ou cinq siècles.

Mon grand-père récitait à haute voix les oraisons et les litanies; maîtres et domestiques répondaient en choeur, fort dévotement. Puis, le signe de croix final tracé sur les fronts, il y avait quelques minutes de colloque entre certains membres de la famille et les chefs de service, comme on pourrait les appeler; car les simples soldats de la domesticité (groom, laveuse de vaisselle, fille de basse-cour, aide de lingerie) disparaissaient dans les coins jusqu'au moment où la soupe, déjà fumante dans l'énorme soupière, était distribuée aux convives par la puissante main de la cuisinière. Pendant ces minutes qui tenaient lieu du rapport au régiment, la journée du lendemain s'arrangeait. Mon grand-père conférait avec le garde; ma grand'mère donnait un dernier ordre à la femme de charge; mon père commandai

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