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Then Madame Lecacheur stumbled on them, and incredibly quietly, along with a peasant’s cunning, questioned the brigadier in her turn.

Then Madame Lecacheur stumbled on them, and incredibly quietly, along with a peasant’s cunning, questioned the brigadier in her turn.

That shepherd Severin, a simpleton, a kind of brute who had previously been mentioned and had developed among their bleating flocks, and whom knew hardly such a thing besides them on earth, had however preserved the peasant’s instinct for saving, at the end of their heart. For a long time and years he should have concealed in hollow woods and crevices when you look at the stones all by the old shepherd whose place he took-by touch or word, and one day he bought a small property, consisting of a cottage and a field, for three thousand francs that he earned, either as a shepherd or by curing animals’ sprains—for the bonesetter’s secret had been handed down to him.

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