CANADA: Village Juliet

When Jacob NicoL left his house one brisk September morning in 1946, the world looked bright. He was living comfortably in Roxton Pond, Que., had a profitable trucking business and a pretty dark-haired bride of two days. When he returned that night, his world had suddenly collapsed. His wife, Lucile, had left him to go back to her mother. Nicol knew what that meant. A Baptist, he had courted Lucile, a Roman Catholic, for seven years before eloping with her to Vermont. His widowed mother-in-law, Mme. Oviline Charrois Labrecque, made it clear that she was determined to break up...

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