Saturday, September 29, 2012
A typical Friday in France profonde.
The three young ladies return to continue the restoration of the frescoes in the church. They spend much of their morning clearing the pews from the nave and assembling their scaffolding in front of the altar. No one has told them there is a lunchtime funeral. In fact the first they hear of it is when the mourners arrive. The mourners are shortly followed by the undertakers and a coffin. The situation is further complicated by the late appearance of the very old farmer who has decided to attend the funeral in red checked pyjamas and bedroom slippers. He is eased into the vacant hearse and driven the hundred yards back to his front door.
During the funeral the deputy mayoress notices that the politically incorrect inscription about the '' hated Boche ' has been painted over. ( In the top photograph you can see a perfect, almost matching, square has appeared on the right hand column ) The three young ladies sensibly deny having done it. The question of who else might be responsible is left moot.
The mayor calls an emergency village meeting for this evening.