Franciszek finds out from a doctor that his mother is on the verge of death. Unable to watch over her, he hires a village wise-woman, Palchowa, to tend to his Mother in her last moments.


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Once upon a time a stranger, armed with a bag full of medical instruments, appeared in a lonely house belonging to Franciszek and his Mother. His unexpected visit was short, but to the point, and when he left there was no doubt about it - Mother was dying. For good. For Franciszek this revelation is doubly painful. Mother's deadly sickness obliges him to take care of her - and that could cost him his precious job in the local slaughter-house. Fortunately there is a way out of every predicament. This specific way out is sixty years long and her name is Palchowa. You can count on her in every human misfortune. You will find her wherever there is Death a-coming, sitting close to His victims and taking care of them with all her considerable expertise. What's more, she does not charge that much - just five zlotys a day and ten zlotys a night. However, Franciszek finds fault with such a system. Why not pay wholesale for the entirety of Palchowa's services? Mother is bound to pass away any ... Written by Tomasz Szafranski

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