Traité de l’orchestration by Charles Koechlin

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No, she did not run a hotel. She took in only an occasional traveler who struck her fancy. Of course, her marine was coming back some day. He was now too busy making a fortune in my rich country to write to her. I agreed with her that Americans belong to a sadly undemonstrative race, but assured her that they have hearts of gold and are particularly fond of eggs and orangeade in the morning. I breakfasted with a somber Revoli. When Revoli went traveling, his skin and his nose and his heart woke and told him that he was in a strange place.

These things I know. I seen ‘em. This my papa told me. * Houngan open door to hounfort, tell him, ‘You lay down an’ sleep until morning. Then I go with you. But if you hear the house fall down, don’t be afraid. ’ When he go in there he see a man hanging up on the wall on hook. He see a man’s skull. In corner he see a pile of cadaver. My papa, he brave man an’ he got good protection, too. He lay down but he not sleep. ’ Then, papa, he not wait for to put he clothes on. He pile ‘em on he head an’ he sorti.

He been take meat every night. One time he meet anudder vagabond an’ ask him if he would go wid him to steal de meat. ’ So dey went to de place. De ol’ woman own de shop, she begin to miss her meat an’ she think she catch de t’ief. She get her machete an’ sit by de door. De two vagabond come to de shop an’ de firs’ one tell de odder one to stick she han’ in de door an’ reach all around an‘when he fin’ de meat to pull it out de hole. De secon’ vagabond, he reach in wid she han’ an’ de ol’ lady come down ‘Whok’ wid de knife.

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