The Fifth Republic and the Peasants: Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources, and Tous au Larzac Don Reid University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill The great change brought by the trentes glorieuses was the transformation of France from a nation with a large population of paysans to one with a much smaller number of agriculteurs.
Ugolin stays only briefly to talk, as he is eager to get to his own place farther up in the mountains. Here he throws himself into a project that—at first—he keeps secret from Papet. He eventually reveals that the project consists of growing carnations.
Papet is at first skeptical, but he is convinced when the flowers get a good price at the local market. They decide the project is worthy of expansion, and together they go to see the neighboring farmer known as Pique-Bouffigue, to buy his land.
The land in question is apparently "dry", but Papet knows of a source of water, a springthat can solve that problem. Pique-Bouffigue does not want to sell, and an altercation breaks out when he insults the Soubeyran family. In the fight, Pique-Bouffigue is knocked unconscious.
He becomes friendly as a result of memory loss from a head wound Jean de florette manon des dies about a year after the fight. Papet sees this as an opportunity, so after the funeral, Papet and Ugolin dig out the rubble that is filling the spring, plug the hole, and cover it with cement and then earth.
Unknown to them, they are seen blocking the spring by a poacher. The property descends to the dead man's sister, Florette, a childhood friend of Papet, who married the blacksmith in another village whilst Papet was recovering in a military hospital in Algeria. He writes to a common friend for news on Florette and finds that she died the same day his letter arrived.
The property thereby descends to her son who is a tax collector and "unfortunately, by God's will To discourage Florette's son from taking up residence, Ugolin breaks many tiles on the roof of the house. Jean makes it clear that he has no intention of selling, but plans to take up residence and live off the land.
He has a grand scheme for making the farm profitable within two years, involving breeding rabbits and feeding them off cucurbit. Jean does not know about the blocked spring, only of a more distant one, and is relying on rainfall to fill a cistern with water for supplying livestock and irrigating crops.
The distant spring, where an old Italian couple lives, is 2 kilometres 1.
Jean believes the needs of the farm can be met from here. Ugolin is discouraged, but Papet tells him to befriend Jean and gain his confidence.
They also keep secret from him the fact that—while average rainfall for the surrounding region is sustainable —the area where Florette's farm lies rarely gets any of this rain.
Meanwhile, the two work to turn the local community against the newcomer, who is described merely as a hunchbacked former tax collector, since the deceased Pique-Bouffigue had cousins in the village who know about the blocked spring and would tell Jean about it should they come to trust him.
Jean initially makes progress, and earns a small profit from his rabbit farm. In the long run, getting water proves a problem, and dragging it all the way from the distant spring becomes a backbreaking experience. Jean asks to borrow Ugolin's mule, but is met only with vague excuses.
Then, when the rain does come, it falls on the surrounding area but not where it is needed. Jean loudly berates God, whom he thinks has already given him enough trouble by deforming him. Later, the dusty winds of the sirocco also arrive, bringing the farm to near-catastrophe.
Jean is undeterred, and decides to dig a well. At this point Ugolin sees it fitting to try and convince Jean that his project is hopeless, and that he might be better off selling.
Jean asks how much he could expect to receive for the farm, and Ugolin gives an estimate of around 8, francs. Jean has no intention of leaving though, but wants to use the value of the property to take up a mortgage of half that sum. Ugolin is not happy, but Papet again sees opportunity: From the money Jean buys dynamite to finish the well, but in his first blast is hit by a flying rock and falls into the cavity.
At first the injuries seem minor, but it turns out his spine is fractured and when the doctor arrives he declares Jean dead. Ugolin returns with the news to Papet, who asks him why he's crying. As mother and daughter are packing their belongings, Papet and Ugolin make their way to where they blocked the spring, to pull out the plug.Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre.
Ugolin Soubeyran prospère sur la terre de Jean de Florette, les Romarins, acquise grâce à des manœuvres immorales par lui-même et son oncle César, dit le Papet. Manon, la fille de Jean de Florette, est devenue bergère et vit dans les collines. It is the sequel to Jean de Florette.
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In my opinion, "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources" are less about the differences between town and country living than about the differences between, on the one hand, narrow-minded prejudice and selfishness, and on the other, tolerance, respect and consideration for others (or an inward-looking mentality as opposed to outward-looking).
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Jean De Florette along with Manon Des Sources are two of the most lyrical, heartbreaking books that I own.
I urge anyone who is comfortable reading French to read these books. Each book stands on its own but the story which begins in Jean De Florette moves to its conclusion in Manon Des SourcesReviews: 7.