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Monsieur Millet continues. We must have feeling for an object that passes from one generation to another. There is sentimental value in an umbrella in good condition.
He is reminded of a story: Field Marshal Delattre de Tassigny had a close childhood friend from his native village. They went to school together and always kept in touch. During the war this friend served under his command. Years later the two friends met again at a ceremony in a cemetery. Here the Field Marshal gave his friend his umbrella as a token of their friendship.
The friend's son had brought this famous umbrella in dilapidated state to Pep's for repair. Pep's is up to the task. " Aussitot dit, aussitot fait! " says M. Millet. No sooner said than done. Now this umbrella with great sentimental value is as good as new, but still retains its historic character and charm.
Another client enters: "I have a sick umbrella..."
It's time for me to find my long way back to the Luxembourg Gardens. The wind has picked up and it's raining. Ahead of me a Parisienne is leaning into the wind, firmly holding the edge of her umbrella.
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