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Daemon
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Martin Guerre

In the 16th century, a French peasant named Martin Guerre abruptly disappeared after being accused of stealing grain from his father. He moved to Spain and joined the army. He was wounded during a military campaign, and his leg had to be amputated. After spending some time in a monastery, Guerre returned to France, only to discover that an imposter had been living with his family. When faced with the real Martin Guerre, his relatives realized they had been had. What happened to the imposter? More...
Shashank Kumar Singh
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 6:35:24 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Martin Guerre

In the 16th century, a French peasant named Martin Guerre abruptly disappeared after being accused of stealing grain from his father. He moved to Spain and joined the army. He was wounded during a military campaign, and his leg had to be amputated. After spending some time in a monastery, Guerre returned to France, only to discover that an imposter had been living with his family. When faced with the real Martin Guerre, his relatives realized they had been had. What happened to the imposter? More...
Shame on you Speak to the hand
Shashank Kumar Singh
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 6:38:04 AM

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Shashank Kumar Singh wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Martin Guerre

In the 16th century, a French peasant named Martin Guerre abruptly disappeared after being accused of stealing grain from his father. He moved to Spain and joined the army. He was wounded during a military campaign, and his leg had to be amputated. After spending some time in a monastery, Guerre returned to France, only to discover that an imposter had been living with his family. When faced with the real Martin Guerre, his relatives realized they had been had. What happened to the imposter? More...
Shame on you Speak to the hand
Brick wall Think Boo hoo!
TheParser
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 7:24:29 AM
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I shall be as delicate as possible, but would a wife not know the difference between her real husband and an imposter when it came to certain anatomical features?
monamagda
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 12:24:48 PM

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What made this story so interesting is the fact that it is a true story, and reality is often more absurd than fiction. As the proverb says :
"truth is stranger than fiction".

Alice M Toaster
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 1:08:05 PM

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TheParser wrote:
I shall be as delicate as possible, but would a wife not know the difference between her real husband and an imposter when it came to certain anatomical features?

Imposters can be quite charming, so possibly she knew and was charmed-over by him, and also it's possible that she liked his anatomical features better. Afterall, she'd only had one child by the authentic husband in eight years, and more than one by the imposter in less than half that time.
William39
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 2:56:35 PM

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Life happening and people in their reality living in life.
Yuanxu Li
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 4:51:08 PM

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What a sad story...
Bertoray
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:13:45 PM

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The wife embraced the motto of a popular song. If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.
Desiree
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:57:21 PM
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The impostor was convicted and sentence to death for adultery and fraud. He was hanged.
Natalie Davis,a history professor of Princeton University studied this case and she argued that
Guerre's wife had explicity agreed to the fraud, because she needed a husband in that society. Davis noted as evidence for this theory, the improbability of a woman´s mistaking a stranger for his husband.
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:22:32 AM
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Alice Morgan wrote:
It's possible that she liked his anatomical features better.



I'm going to the dentist today. I needed that laugh!
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