Le Parcellaire

Le Parcellaire Content : La Bastide de Sérou, rue d’Arize - Foix - 14 July
La Tour Lafont - Pamiers -18 July
Giant chestnut trees - Le Temps des Cerises - The wild Boar - Land Parcel 234-235, 21 July
Faydit de Brouzenac - 22 July
Mr de la Bastide
Apple-trees, Notre Dame de Sabart, Land Parcel 20, 8 August
Mr l’Escoussière, Land Parcels 228, 229, 242, 251, 9 August
Mimine at Eychenat
From one mill to another ...
Mélanie of the Goats, 11th August
The Knight of the ferruginous waters, Baron of Alzen
The black bicycle
Land Parcels 169, 172,12 August - The Arize / Mr Fallacy
Land Parcels 229, 234, 228, 13 August – Mr L’Escoussière / Norbert Casteret
Land Parcels 58, 78, 79, 14 August - Pompeia Primilla
Parcels 52, 54 - Carrier Pigeons
Land Parcel 640, 15 August - The Land Parcel of God
The Colonel Bravadida
Honoré d’Urfé - L’Astrée - Bathylle - Leda - Mr L’Escoussière - 26 July, Land Parcel 88
Xanthippe and Socrates - The Pear-trees - Land Parcel 85 bis, 27 July
The Fountain-basin-wash house - Land Parcel 1002, 28 July
The Garum - La Balmo - Land Parcel 998
Pierre Bayle - Toulouse Lautrec - Yvette Guilbert - Wednesday 30 July, Land Parcels 1017/1018
Abbé Breuil - Father Teilhard de Chardin - Prehistory - Elohin, Jahwe, God of Pity - Land Parcel 104, 1 August
A miner’s pick - 2 August
The Wild Boar - 2 August
Mr Fallacy - Land Parcels 87, 88, 89, 3 August
La Madelon - La Der-des-Ders (1914-1918) - Mr Limebrick - Massat - 4 August
The Farrier - Land Parcel 1002, 5 August
The Blacksmith - Mr Irjava-scriptter - Pepi’Stieni- Land Parcel 87, 7 August
The Mill of Malarnaud
Festos de Fouix (Festival of Foix), 8 September

Mr l’Escoussière, Land Parcels 228, 229, 242, 251, 9 August


            Birch-trees, ash-trees, gigantic elm-trees, wild cherry-trees, fern, brambles under a bright blue sky and a sun which breaks the neck. Mr L’Escoussière helps me “fly over the limits of the Gant land parcels”, a grey canvas hat screwed on his head, in boots like the cat and promises to “redo the tour”, meter by meter, at Christmas time when the vegetation will be less dense. With chin and arm he designates a bushy-topped ash-tree which, upright on a bare meadow, can be seen, he assures me, seven or eight kilometers away from here ! Mr L’Escoussière is beaming with happiness. Yesterday he bought a barn in ruins, surrounded by five or six hectares of meadows and signed before the lady-notary (whose five brothers are pastors in the Church of Rome) the bill of purchase. Mr L”Escoussière is inexhaustible like the splendid fountain which he says springs up next to the ford, between land parcels 234 and 242. There the lions go to drink, he wants to say the stags, the hinds, the wild boars and any other small fry. “Especially”, he whispers confidentially into the corner of my ear, “if a stag crosses your road, let him pass, because he won’t move an inch out of the way and will not hesitate to push in the bodywork of your motor-vehicle !”.

Land Parcel 88, before the house, 10 August

            Mr L’Escoussière is bent on presenting to me the townhall secretary, Mr Luke, green shirt, blue trousers, eight children, who asks me whether I, like himself, do not feel a kind of anguish when the night falls on the mountain of the Plas. His new neighbour, on the lake-side, is a university director from Provence who has just bought a house without any conveniences or comforts. “One can be learned without being intelligent !”, comments drily Mr L’Escoussière who, a few months later, will entrust the destiny of his son, a thwarted secondary pupil, to the director in question who will place him, intelligently, in a higher domain.

            Mimine, ears pricked up, silken jacket, contemplates the scene from the corner of the door.


Claude d’Esplas (Le Parcellaire)
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Translation : Dagmar Coward Kuschke (Tübingen)

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