Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 830

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One cannot help taking a toss now + again. Only

as this was a bad one I think I got off

very lightly indeed. If I come off again I 

hope it will be in a soft place and not on

my head although that seems to be pretty

hard.

  The French Peasants are a most wonderful people.

They have the reputation of being thrifty, hardworking

clean &c but they carry out the doctrine

of "Laisser-Faire" to absolute perfection. The things

that are - are good enough. The things that happen

couldn't be helped. The world must be a comfortable

place to live in although their joys and pleasures

hardly seem to exist. There are three girls in "A"

Company's mess. The youngest may be anything from

18 to 22 and the others two or three years older.

One is a hunchback and appears to do all the

house work in addition to a few extra jobs in the

farm yard. Madame is also engaged the same way

all day. The other two girls are out at day break

and with a little assistance from their father do

all the work of the farm. They milk the cows, feed the

pigs, clean the stables, groom the horses, plough,

cart turnips, manure &c, spread the manure, cut

the turnips feed the cattle and in their spare time

do a little thrashing. For many places they thrash

out the corn with a flail but in this village

several of the farmers have machines that are worked

by a horse. The horse is lead on to an inclined

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One cannot help taking a toss now + again. Only

as this was a bad one I think I got off

very lightly indeed. If I come off again I 

hope it will be in a soft place and not on

my head although that seems to be pretty

hard.

  The French Peasants are a most wonderful people.

They have the reputation of being thrifty, hardworking

clean &c but they carry out the doctrine

of "Laisser-Faire" to absolute perfection. The things

that are - are good enough. The things that happen

couldn't be helped. The world must be a comfortable

place to live in although their joys and pleasures

hardly seem to exist. There are three girls in "A"

Company's mess. The youngest may be anything from

18 to 22 and the others two or three years older.

One is a hunchback and appears to do all the

house work in addition to a few extra jobs in the

farm yard. Madame is also engaged the same way

all day. The other two girls are out at day break

and with a little assistance from their father do

all the work of the farm. They milk the cows, feed the

pigs, clean the stables, groom the horses, plough,

cart turnips, manure &c, spread the manure, cut

the turnips feed the cattle and in their spare time

do a little thrashing. For many places they thrash

out the corn with a flail but in this village

several of the farmers have machines that are worked

by a horse. The horse is lead on to an inclined


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  • February 9, 2019 17:29:02 Thomas A. Lingner

    One cannot help taking a toss now + again. Only

    as this was a bad one I think I got off

    very lightly indeed. If I come off again I 

    hope it will be in a soft place and not on

    my head although that seems to be pretty

    hard.

      The French Peasants are a most wonderful people.

    They have the reputation of being thrifty, hardworking

    clean &c but they carry out the doctrine

    of "Laisser-Faire" to absolute perfection. The things

    that are - are good enough. The things that happen

    couldn't be helped. The world must be a comfortable

    place to live in although their joys and pleasures

    hardly seem to exist. There are three girls in "A"

    Company's mess. The youngest may be anything from

    18 to 22 and the others two or three years older.

    One is a hunchback and appears to do all the

    house work in addition to a few extra jobs in the

    farm yard. Madame is also engaged the same way

    all day. The other two girls are out at day break

    and with a little assistance from their father do

    all the work of the farm. They milk the cows, feed the

    pigs, clean the stables, groom the horses, plough,

    cart turnips, manure &c, spread the manure, cut

    the turnips feed the cattle and in their spare time

    do a little thrashing. For many places they thrash

    out the corn with a flail but in this village

    several of the farmers have machines that are worked

    by a horse. The horse is lead on to an inclined

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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5037 / 57313
Source
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Contributor
Kate Ward
License
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January 26, 1918
  • English

  • Western Front




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