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A Piece of Bread

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A Piece of Bread

by Francois Coppee

Genre: Drama
Setting:
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising

EXCERPT:

The deuce take it! That was a good time, all the same, and he would never become accustomed to this life of wretchedness.

And, in a moment of impatience, the young man threw the rest of his bread into the mud.

At the same moment a soldier of the line came from the tavern, stooped and picked up the bread, drew back a few steps, wiped it with his sleeve and began to devour it eagerly.



COMMENTS:

A touching if very small moment in which an upperclass gentryman throws away a piece of bread in front of a soldier and then realizes the value of the bread. What follows is a unusual and moving friendship which begins to blossom between the gentryman and soldier. Too slight for anything more than a 15 minute musical.


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