Rodolphe Töpffer

Monsieur Vieuxbois
2nd. edition - 1839
(new translation © 2002 Andy Konky Kru)

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The first encounter. - Monsieur Vieuxbois notices with bitterness that one disappears. - Monsieur Vieuxbois feels that this is for life.

Monsieur Vieuxbois tries to distract himself with study. - This bringing no relief whatsoever, Monsieur Vieuxbois tries music. - Monsieur Vieuxbois feels that all his efforts are in vain.

Leaning out of the window, Monsieur Vieuxbois espies the Beloved Object. - Having descended to the street Monsieur Vieuxbois can see the Beloved Object no longer. - Monsieur Vieuxbois decides to write a letter.

Dream of Monsieur Vieuxbois. - Monsieur Vieuxbois receives no reply. - Monsieur Vieuxbois kills himself......fortunately the sword passes under his arm.

Monsieur Vieuxbois believes himself to be dead for 48 hours.- Monsieur Vieuxbois comes back to life, considerably thinner. - Change of underwear.

Third encounter. Declaration, sighs, hopefulness. - The Beloved Object disappears. - Suspicions.

Growing suspicions. - Suspicions return. - Crisis. - Plans.

Monsieur Vieuxbois kills himself...... fortunately the rope is too long. - After 48 hours, hearing the voice of the Beloved Object in the street, Monsieur Vieuxbois forgets he is dead and hastens towards her. - Monsieur Vieuxbois pulls along the beam at which he hung himself...

...causing unpleasantness among the citizenry...

...and no less among the Garde Nationale. - Monsieur Vieuxbois can almost touch the Beloved Object.

At the moment of reaching the Beloved Object, Monsieur Vieuxbois is halted by a cruel fate. - Monsieur Vieuxbois, wishing to return home, cannot.

Monsieur Vieuxbois inventing a procedure for returning home. - Change of underwear. - After having changed underwear, Monsieur Vieuxbois suffers palpitations.

Monsieur Vieuxbois consults his doctor. - Monsieur Vieuxbois taking asses milk.

On the doctor's advice Monsieur Vieuxbois buys an arab stallion, for his health. - Monsieur Vieuxbois taking his excercise on horseback.

The fall of Monsieur Vieuxbois. The racehorse returns home. - While getting up, Monsieur Vieuxbois becomes aware of the Beloved Object, who is not alone !!!

Perched on a tree he discovers a little tete-a-tete. - Heated argument. The Beloved Object flees.

Satisfaction. Monsieur Vieuxbois kills his rival.....fortunately the sword passes under his arm. - The rival, quite relieved, comes back to life.

Monsieur Vieuxbois, victorious, asks for the blessing of her parents, with the Beloved Object present. - Having been accepted, Monsieur Vieuxbois returns home and spends three hours bounding with joy.

After three hours the neighbours arrive, not best pleased. - Monsieur Vieuxbois in prison for nocturnal disturbance. - The prospective godparents trying to rend a visit are astonished to learn of his imprisonment.

The third suicide. Being told that his engagement is off, Monsieur Vieuxbois drinks hemlock. Fortunately it is just herbal soup. - Monsieur Vieuxbois believes himself to be dead for eight days. - The rats have chewed away the front legs of his chair, causing Monsieur Vieuxbois to fall and come back to life.

page 29 will be added later

pages 54, 55 will be added later

©2002 Copyright by Andy Konky Kru