Monsieur Fenouillard (Agénor), a Parisian businessman now happily
retired to Saint-Rémy-sur-Deule, was dying to see the Exhibition.
Unfortunately, so was his wife. Now that he nothing much to do, Monsieur
Fenouillard, though a good fellow at heart, was becoming insufferable.
Thus, to Madame Fenouillard’s initial overtures he responded with
and categorical refusal. His poor young daughters began clucking away
turkeys, but canny Madame Fenouillard mused to herself, “He’ll
around.” Indeed, eight days later, that fine lady had so cunningly
him that both she and her daughters (Artémise and Cunégonde)
found themselves installed aboard an excursion train, accompanied by
Monsieur Fenouillard. Grunting, fuming and grouchy, he was still bent
dismissing everything as idiotic, though secretly not believing a word
They had been traveling for two hours when an enormous bundle fell
from the luggage rack onto Monsieur Fenouillard’s sleeping head.
CHRISTOPHE (pseudonym of Georges Colomb, 1856-1945) was one of France’s
earliest and foremost cartoonists. His trio of masterpieces, La
Le Sapeur Camember and Le Savant Cosinus are still available from the
publisher Armand Colin.
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