by Nicolas-Sébastien Roch (1740 - 1794), as Nicolas Chamfort
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Les cinq doigts
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Madame, fille du Roi, jouant avec 
sa bonne, regarda sa main, en compta les 
doigts, et, surprise, "Comment", dit l'enfant, 
"Vous avez cinq doigts, comme moi?"


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "The five fingers ", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The five fingers 
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
My lady, daughter of the king, playing with 
her nanny, looked at hand, counted her
digits, and, surprised, “How is it,” said the child, 
“You have five fingers, like me?"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-19
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Word count: 30