By Georges Simenon
For 40 years Charles Alavoine has sleepwalked via his lifestyles. turning out to be up as an exceptional boy within the grip of a domineering mom, he trains as a physician, marries, opens a clinical perform in a quiet state city, and settles into an life of impeccable bourgeois conformity. And but at unguarded moments this version relatives guy is haunted through a feeling of vacancy and futility.
Then, one evening, encumbered with Christmas provides, he meets Martine. it's time for the sleeper to unsleeping.
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As with any such event there are those who are at the front leading the group and without warning, the line opened in a couple of places and officers rushed forward and grabbed those identified as leaders of the riot, then to drag them back into the line which closed as they passed through. As we were moved back more police formations moved in to cut us off from escape. We were then captive to be processed in due course. It was an interesting experience and I was pleased that it was a training exercise.
His jaw is moving at a fast pace. He is not speaking but is chewing. His mates then begin to make more noise, so I stop proceedings and whilst peering over the top of my reading glasses now perched on the end of my nose, tell them that if they are to remain in the court, then they sit down and make no noise. I told them that if they do not do what they are told, they would be removed from the court or held in contempt of court and taken to the cells. I was under the impression that no adult had ever told them to do something that had to be obeyed as they appeared unsure of the situation.
Being unpaid and part time, the government could not control us in the same way that they could an employee. We were, and still are, independent and the government of the day did not like that. For example when the prisons were declared to be full, a dictate was sent down ‘do not send anybody to prison’. Now the fact that prisons were full was not our problem and if we had a guilty person whose sentence warranted prison, then that is where they went. That is justice being done and being seen to be done.