By Bonnie Nadzam
Traduit de l'anglais (Etats-Unis) par Cécile Chartres
Dans l. a. banlieue de Chicago, là où les impasses résidentielles s’achèvent sur le mur qui protège l’autoroute, Tommie, onze ans, des dizaines de taches de rousseur et une mère qui ne l. a. surveille pas, rencontre Lamb, los angeles cinquantaine et qui traverse une mauvaise passe. On ne saurait parler d’amitié entre deux êtres séparés par une telle différence d’âge. D’emblée Lamb endosse le rôle d’une sorte de jeune grand-père, ou de vieil oncle, un peu pontifiant, un peu donneur de leçons. Mais, des leçons, l. a. fillette n’en a sans doute pas reçu assez, et elle écoute Lamb avec plaisir lorsqu’ils se donnent rendez-vous après l’école pour manger un hot-dog.
C’est lui qui suggère qu’ils quittent l. a. ville tous les deux. Il a un chalet dans los angeles montagne, loin, au-delà des grandes plaines du Midwest, où ils pourront vivre au grand air. Elle le soupçonne parfois d’affabuler, pourtant un beau jour ils partent bel et bien. Elle n’a rien dit à ses mom and dad mais ce n’est pas grave. Ce sera leur mystery à tous les deux.
Ils ne devaient passer que quelques jours ensemble, ils resteront au chalet plusieurs semaines. Parfois Tommie doit se cacher dans l’atelier, afin que les rares visiteurs qui troublent leur retraite n’aillent surtout pas se faire des idées. Et, seule, dans le froid, elle tente de se persuader que Lamb, en toutes circonstances, n’agit que pour son bien.
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The platform was draped in black crepe. " In the background was the American flag, upside down and bordered in black. After his introductory comments to the several thousand in attendance, one of whom was Thoreau, Garrison read from Scripture and then closed his Bible and lit a candle. " He burned copies of the Fugitive Slave Law and the documents that ordered Burns back to Virginia, in each instance asking the audience to answer 'Amen" in line with the formula in Deuteronomy (27:15-26). " "So perish all compromises with tyranny," to which the audience uttered "Amen" as Garrison ground the ashes under his heel.
On September 30, 1847: "For the last two or three years I have lived in Concord woods alone, something more than a mile from any neighbor, in a house built entirely by myself" (Correspondence, 186). S. government and Harvard University; he entertained friends (Emerson and Alcott, for example) and family, including his mother and sisters who brought treats to him on weekends. On August 1, 1846, Thoreau took part in an antislavery meeting, held on his cabin doorstep, at which Emerson and others spoke; and in August-September of the same year he journeyed with a cousin to Maine.
Apparently he pretty much set the manuscript aside from late 1849 to late 1851 or early 1852, though he did weave into it passages from Hindu and Chinese texts. In the first months of 1852 and thereafter Thoreau added the material that became chapters eight through eighteen. It was during this time that he included such famous passages as the description of the owl ("Sounds"), the battle of the ants ("Brute Neighbors"), the fishermen on the ice ("The Pond in Winter"), and the thawing of the sand banks and the melting of the pond ("Spring").