The French Can’t Understand Shakespeare…

Our gardener, Damien, came over yesterday…carrying a big wheel of cheese and a huge loaf of bread.

“Finally…you are back,” he said.

“Yes, it’s been a long time. But it’s August again…so we’re back…”

We explained how we had followed the annual bicycle migration out of Paris on Friday night. On the last day of July, Parisians load their bicycles on racks behind their cars and head for the country. We followed the bicycles out of town. The highways were jammed…traffic was start and go for hours.

“Look, I was just down in the Auvergne,” Damien continued, “so I brought you some cheese and bread. These are specialties from the region. They’re very good…

“And now that you’re back, let’s celebrate…let’s have a drink. How about some pineau?”

“Sorry Damien,” Elizabeth interrupted. “He’d love to, I’m sure…but he has another engagement. We’re going to the Berry (about 45 minutes East…where Georges Sand lived) to attend a play. Shakespeare…in English.”

“But who’s going to understand it,” Damien wondered. “The French can’t understand Shakespeare…”

“Even native English speakers have a hard time following Shakespeare,” we added.

But there was not time for a drink…we were off to see As You Like It performed at a friends house by an itinerant English group…

And so…the summer vacation begins…

Until tomorrow,

Bill Bonner
for Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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