Sunday, July 12, 2015

More French Nonsense



They decided to return to France, building a ship to do so. None of them knew how to build one, but they managed. The sons of noble families who disdained growing their own food, who felt entitled to steal from and abuse the natives, finally went to work. The small ship was finished; sails were made from bits of clothing and they sailed for France. They were not prepared for the result. They were becalmed at sea and starving. One of them, La Chère, suggested that it was better for one to die than for all of them to die. They drew lots to see who would become dinner. La Chère, whom they had rescued from starvation, drew the lot. They ate him.

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They decided to return to France, building a ship to do so. None of them knew how to build one, but they managed. The sons of noble families who disdained growing their own food, who felt entitled to steal from and abuse the natives, finally went to work. The small ship was finished; sails were made from bits of clothing and they sailed for France. They were not prepared for the result. A terrible storm almost wrecked them. Then they were becalmed at sea and starving. Their food gave out. They had twelve kernels of corn (maize) a day each. They ate their shoes and leather jerkins.[1] One of them, La Chère, suggested that it was better for one to die than for all of them to die. They drew lots to see who would become dinner. La Chère, whom they had rescued from starvation, drew the lot. They ate him.


[1]              A jerkin is a close-fitting, sleeveless jacket.
 

1 comment:

  1. I like the added detail in the second version.

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