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He had lived through them one after the other, you recognize a former sailor from his loyal shivering memories of such terrors. Ninety-nine years of monastic life for three days of ecstasy is the sailor's lot, and so it is with the farmer, the writer, the lover. The simple holiness of the solitary anchorite. No. A full one hundred years of happiness. I no longer know how to count. I do remember well the beginning. We were dredging on outer roads, a badly neglected chain with its loops and rusted links 36 Sailor kept the anchor down.

The apotheosis with flowers is being prepared. Two polite young men standing on either side of the door. Sir? Good evening. Do you have your card? What card? Well, my dear Sir, your Capehorner's card! I don't have that paper but I am a Capehorner. Who can tell? How do we know, if you don't have a card? No, you cannot come in. He goes down the steps slowly in the rain. The car takes him home. No, he did not die of it. The young men, after a boat ride at sea with the girls, continue to dance under the long banderole honoring the Capehorners.

They worked at this variety. Their knowledge was considerable and their experience had no relationship to ours. Then in a sudden new flash of lightning, one of them recognizes the immortal sub­ variety of the intense vegetal. Gaunt, not believing their eyes and holding their breath, they planted it, they told their sons and nephews to be on guard near it, to become priests of the god of these premises. They died one after the other, but the tree is still here. We can forget everything when a timeless being prays face to face for us to the Lord.

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