The French-canadian; A Sketch Of His More Prominent Characteristics

Paperback | January 17, 2012

byByron Nicholson

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. OTHER CHARACTERISTICS. HIS FRUGALITY. Incomplete as this little treatise must necessarily be, it would be still more so if something were not said about the frugality of the French-Canadian, his courtesy, and his hospitality. Indeed the habitant has to be frugal, for his means of supporting a family--usually no small family--are somewhat meagre. Nor is frugality unknown amongst those who are in what are called easy circumstances; no bad thing either, seeing that this virtue is the opposite of the vices, wastefulness and extravagance. But though frugal, the French-Canadian is not miserly; he may be impecunious, but he is not parsimonious. Fortunately, too, his domestic wants, though many, are simple, and easily satisfied. It is said that a Scotchman could live where an Englishman would starve; but a French-Canadian could live where a Scotchman would find it difficult to supply himself with the simple but nourishing water-brose. In this respect he reminds us of those two delightful characters, Dr. Riccabocca and his servant Giacomo, depicted with such consummate skill by the inimitable Lytton. In the keen competition, and maddening hurry, and heartless strife of the present day, the peaceful and contented French-Canadian of this generation, especially if he belong to the humbler classes, may not be well adapted to play a a leading part. His natural inclination not to be grasping, his quiet life, his domestic disposition, his conservative tendency, all predispose him against wildly struggling in that mad rush for worldly pelf which is so distinctive of this plutocratic age. Ixng ago he learned the salutary lesson--indeed he seems never to have learned it, but always to have known it intuitively--"Having food and raiment, let us be therewith conte...

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. OTHER CHARACTERISTICS. HIS FRUGALITY. Incomplete as this little treatise must necessarily be, it would be still mo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217952577

ISBN - 13:9780217952576

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