FRANCE: The Nun Who Stole

The Baron de Roquette-Buisson, like many of the provincial aristocrats of France, is not noted for generous living. Every year he kills three pigs and ten geese at his château at Saint-Félix. On this, along with whatever can be garnered from the château gardens, his family and retainers must suffice. And so the baron's astonishment rose as bills came rolling in for sardines, eau de cologne, biscuits, marmalade, bananas, oranges, soap and chocolate cake. He was still puzzling one day when the baroness entered the room, crying: "Bertrand, we have been robbed! Our jewels and silver are missing!" It did...

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