Foreign News: Roger Goes to His Funeral

Things were bad all around for chubbily cheerful Roger Lamy, a truck driver of Douai. Three months ago his wife had died, leaving him six children to care for. Four weeks ago he learned that he would soon be out of a job: the municipal project on which he was working was closing down. Nevertheless, Roger set off on the vacation still due him, determined to keep his spirits high. Last week he returned to Douai. If his mood could be described in a phrase, that phrase was "never say die."

His eyes twinkling brightly, the returned vacationist strode happily into his...

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