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I talked to a Frenchman

The meaning of the word: independent country-- need not amount to much. A clear Sunday afternoon, from the windows comes the music of conversations, the sounds of Chopin. On Friday at daybreak you hear the hard knock of a hammer, a swearword and the mocking banter of the workingmen. An independent country does not mean a great deal. No more than a fountain-head of water in a stony valley among the rocks.

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