Séraphin: Nouvelles histoires des pays d'en haut, Tome 1 by Claude-Henri Grignon

By Claude-Henri Grignon

À l. a. fin de l’été 1889, une chaleur écrasante dessèche les will pay d’en Haut. Les colons qui aspirent à s’y enraciner ont du discomfort sur l. a. planche et, très souvent, peu de ressources pour y arriver. Dans le Rang Croche d’une petite paroisse de l. a. région, on entend parfois un homme vitupérer sa femme. « Ménage pis parle pas ! », l’admoneste-t-il, lorsqu’elle trouve l’audace de redemander de l. a. mélasse pour agrémenter ses galettes de sarrasin.

Cet homme, Séraphin Poudrier, n’a d’autre intérêt à cœur que le kind de ses compatriotes : en effet, de leur endettement dépend sa fortune. Agent des Terres du gouvernement et prêteur sur gages avaricieux, Séraphin offre aux villageois un bref répit de leurs tasks de paiement en échange de redevances différées qui les saignent à blanc. Du généreux mais fantasque Alexis Labranche au « Gros Docteur » Cyprien, qui s’expose dangereusement à travers de sulfureux échanges épistolaires avec los angeles douce Angélique Pothier, personne n’est à l’abri des taux exorbitants exigés par l’avare.

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Séraphin: Nouvelles histoires des pays d'en haut, Tome 1

À l. a. fin de l’été 1889, une chaleur écrasante dessèche les can pay d’en Haut. Les colons qui aspirent à s’y enraciner ont du ache sur l. a. planche et, très souvent, peu de ressources pour y arriver. Dans le Rang Croche d’une petite paroisse de l. a. région, on entend parfois un homme vitupérer sa femme.

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All on board are well—present my kind remembrances to Captain and Mrs. Bligh, and believe me Yours very sincerely Thos. Pasley P. S. 2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty.

2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty. The second was the small, two-masted brig Assistant to serve as tender, with 27 men, among them four marines, all commanded by Lieutenant Nathaniel Portlock, an experienced and science-minded sailor.

At 10 the signal to engage . . 5 A few shots were exchanged, but darkness came on with heavy rain and thick haze, and the French ships vanished into the gloom. In December 1793 the Bellerophon returned for the winter to the naval anchorage at Spithead, in the strait between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland. The ship’s refit began: repairs, replacements, sides and stern repainted. Flinders recorded a cold winter, squally, with sleet and snow in January. In April 1794 Captain William Pasley was promoted to rearadmiral, and Flinders, still with him on the Bellerophon, became an aide-de-camp.

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