At Cousinette, the festivities were going on.
At a quarter to seven, the boys heard someone knocking on the door of their room. Fright woke them up immediately. What was happening. And they heard the stern voice of Cousinette :
Time to get up.
Fuck, it was earlier than on a school day!
No breakfast for Cousinette. She was to take communion. Hopefully for the two boys, they had not got the proper sacraments and were not allowed to. And Cousinette hot chocolate was damned good!
Then she grilled them on religion. Measuring the extent of the ignorance of Thomas and challenging the protestantism of François.
– Why aren’t you a catholic like everybody?
It was not his choice, but his parents’ but he did not want to betray them. He stayed quite and stoically endured a long fulmination.
And enduring a fulmination was nothing compared to the boring lesson that follows about the mass and the repetition of the main prayers.
At least they were ready and on their way to the church in the company of Cousin, the very very old lady, mother of Cousinette, as sweet and charming as her daughter was acid and forbidding.
In church, it was special. Women on the left, all wearing hats or scarves over their hear, men on the right and six altar boys. Six! Only boys! With attire which could have done for queen Elizabeth’s jubilee.
The sermon of Curé Marotel was, in a way, the culminating point. So boring that the curé seemed on the verge of falling asleep while giving it….
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