By Henri Charriere
The sensational sequel to 'Papillon'. 'Banco' maintains the adventures of Henri Charriere - nicknamed Papillon - in Venezuela, the place he has eventually gained his freedom after 13 years of get away and imprisonment. regardless of his unravel to turn into a good guy, Charriere is quickly inquisitive about hair-raiding exploits with goldminers, gamblers, bank-robbers and revolutionaries - robbing and being robbed, his lust for all times as robust as ever. He additionally runs evening golf equipment in Caracas till an earthquake ruins him in 1967 - whilst he comes to a decision to put in writing the ebook that brings his overseas repute.
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He was standing in the door of his room, wearing pajamas ; and he spoke to me in French. "So you've found the chick you needed all by yourself. " He added that, as the next day was Sunday, we might drink to the occasion. " Maria, tell your father and sisters to come and spend Sunday with us to celebrate this. And you come back whenever you like the house is yours. Have a good day, Papi; watch out for the num ber three pump. And when you quit work, you don't have to drop in on Simon. " "You dirty old crook.
He hadn't told me whether the mine had much gold in it or not. These days his happiness was his black girl, his house, his animals and his garden. He had never even referred to money. He had become a philosopher. I was puzzled. They caught Charlot because a guy by the name of Little Louis tipped off the police; and during our short meetings in the Sante Charlot never stopped swearing he would get Louis the first chance he had. Yet this evening he had not so much as breathed Louis's name. And as for me-Christi-I had not said a word about my cops, or Goldstein, or the prosecuting counsel, either.
I did not know Caracas, a big city, but people had talked about it and I could imagine what it was like. The idea certainly attracted me ; but once I was there, what should I do, and how could I do it? I walked slowly across the square of El Callao with my hands behind my back. The sun was blazing down. I went over to an almendro, a huge, very leafy tree, to take shelter from the furious heat. Under the shade there stood two mules, and a l ittle old man was loading them. I noticed the diamond prospector's sieve and the gold prospector's trough, a kind of Chinese hat they use to wash the gold-bearing mud in.