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The Story Of a Little Alsatian Essay

  • Submitted by: keanu
  • on March 17, 2012
  • Category: Shakespeare
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The Story of a Little Alsatian
I WAS very late for school that morning, and I was terribly afraid of being scolded, especially as
Monsieur Hamel had told us that he should examine us on participles, and I did not know the first thing
about them. For a moment I thought of staying away from school and wandering about the fields. It was
such a warm, lovely day. I could hear the blackbirds whistling on the edge of the wood, and in the
Rippert field, behind the sawmill, the Prussians going through their drill. All that was much more
tempting to me than the rules concerning participles; but I had the strength to resist, and I ran as fast as I
could to school.
  As I passed the mayor’s office, I saw that there were people gathered about the little board on which
notices were posted. For two years all our bad news had come from that board—battles lost,
conscriptions, orders from headquarters; and I thought without stopping:
  “What can it be now?”
  Then, as I ran across the square, Wachter the blacksmith, who stood there with his apprentice, reading
the placard, called out to me:
  “Don’t hurry so, my boy; you’ll get to your school soon enough!”
  I thought that he was making fun of me, and I ran into Monsieur Hamel’s little yard all out of breath.
  Usually, at the beginning of school, there was a great uproar which could be heard in the street, desks
opening and closing, lessons repeated aloud in unison, with our ears stuffed in order to learn quicker, and
the teacher’s stout ruler beating on the desk:
  “A little more quiet!”
  I counted on all this noise to reach my bench unnoticed; but as it happened, that day everything was
quiet, like a Sunday morning. Through the open window I saw my comrades already in their places, and
Monsieur Hamel walking back and forth with the terrible iron ruler under his arm. I had no open the door
and enter, in the midst of that perfect silence. You can imagine whether I blushed and whether I was

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