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I’m anticipating information from Dufour, who has been at Fécamp because the day prior to this… allow Mortimer-Levingston have a good-looking funeral. What does it topic anyways? There’ll be speeches, professional deputations…” For the previous few mins the Justice of the Peace have been looking at Maigret apparently. “There’s whatever humorous approximately you,” he remarked without warning. The Superintendent smiled and stated in a personal tone: “Morphine. ” “What! ” “Don’t fear, I’m no longer an addict but. basically an injection in my chest… The medical professionals are looking to eliminate of my ribs, they are saying it’s totally crucial. yet it’ll be an never-ending company! I shall need to move right into a nursing-home and remain there for I don’t understand how many weeks… I requested them for 2 or 3 days’ respite. At worst it sort of feels I shall in basic terms lose a 3rd rib. greater than Adam. yet now you’re creating a tragedy of it, like everybody else… That exhibits you haven’t argued it out with Professor Cochet, the guy who’s rummaged approximately inside of virtually the entire excessive and effective on this planet… He’d let you know, as he informed me, that millions of individuals get in addition to all types of bits and items lacking. “The leading Minister of Czechoslovakia, for example… Cochet got rid of one among his kidneys… I observed it… He confirmed me lungs, stomachs, all kinds of items… And their vendors are going approximately their enterprise around the globe. ” He checked out his watch and growled under his breath: “That chap Dufour…” His face resumed its gravity. The magistrate’s place of work used to be hazy with the smoke from his pipe. Maigret appeared rather at domestic there, sitting on a nook of the table. “I imagine I’d do higher to get all the way down to Fécamp myself,” he remarked ultimately with a sigh. “There’s a teach in an hour. ” “Nasty business,” Monsieur Coméliau concluded, laying aside the dossier. The Superintendent used to be misplaced in contemplation of the clouds of pipe-smoke enveloping him. The spluttering of his pipe was once the one sound that disturbed, or relatively punctuated the silence. “Look at this photograph! ” he stated abruptly. He was once keeping out, the single taken at Pskov, with the tailor’s white-gabled condo, the pulley lower than the eaves, the six steps as much as the door, the mummy seated, the daddy self-consciously posing, and the 2 little boys with their embroidered sailor collars. “That’s in Russia! I needed to glance it up within the atlas. close to the Baltic. There are a number of little nations there—Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania… Encircled via Poland and Russia. The frontiers haven’t controlled to coincide with the races. The language adjustments from one village to the following, in a few districts. And there are the Jews to boot, scattered far and wide, yet a humans set aside, all of the similar. let alone the communists. There’s battling alongside the frontiers. There are ultra-nationalist armies… the folk reside off the fir-trees within the forests. The negative are poorer than in other places. a few of them die of chilly and starvation… “Some of the intelligentsia are in favour of German tradition, others favor Slav tradition, and others wish neighborhood traditions and the previous dialects… “Some of the peasants seem like Lapps or Kalmuks, a few are hulking, fair-haired chaps, after which there’s a complete mass of Jews and part-Jews, who devour garlic and slaughter their cattle in a different way from the rest…” Maigret took again the picture from the Justice of the Peace, who had glanced at it with out a lot curiosity.

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