Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
François Seurel’s father is head of the middle school and one of the higher elementary classes at the Sainte-Agathe village school, and his wife teaches the younger children. François lives in the school with his parents and his sister Millie and attends classes with the other pupils. He never plays much with the village boys, however, because of an infection in his hip.
When François Seurel is fifteen years old, Augustin Meaulnes enters the school. With his arrival, a new life begins for Seurel, for Meaulnes banishes his contentment with his family and his love for staying home. As his hip continues to improve, Seurel begins to spend more time with Meaulnes in the village. Even life at the school becomes livelier, for Meaulnes always draws a crowd of people around him in the evenings.
The adventure begins one Christmas Day, when Meaulnes sets out for the railroad station to meet Seurel’s grandparents, Monsieur and Madame Charpentier. When the grandparents arrive, Meaulnes has disappeared. Three days later, he casually takes his seat in the classroom where Monsieur Seurel is conducting a lesson. No one knows where he has been, and he claims when questioned that he himself does not know. Sometimes at night, in the attic room they share, Seurel awakens to find Meaulnes pacing the floor, fully clothed, eager to reenter a mysterious world he had once glimpsed briefly. Meaulnes promises to take Seurel along the next time he leaves on a...
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