Young Rémi, a foundling, lives on the farm run by his impoverished foster parents. When their money runs out, unbeknown to his foster-mother, Rémi is sold by his hard-hearted foster father ...
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Young Rémi, a foundling, lives on the farm run by his impoverished foster parents. When their money runs out, unbeknown to his foster-mother, Rémi is sold by his hard-hearted foster father to an old street performer named Vitalis. Vitalis was once a famous opera singer, but became destitute after a tragic love affair. Ever since that time he has been a traveling showman, touring the country with three dogs and a monkey. Rémi is given a warm welcome by the strange troupe, and actually learns how to read and write. On a houseboat Rémi meets Johanna von Straussberg, a melancholy German woman, whom he cheers up with his jokes. She wants him to stay with her, but Vitalis is eager to keep Rémi to himself. The troupe thus continues on its way, unaware that Johanna is actually Rémi's mother. Johanna's evil brother-in-law Georg is all to well aware of the truth, however. After his brother's death he had little Rémi abandoned in order to marry Johanna and inherit her fortune. He now has Rémi ...Written by
Vitalis can be seen stealing and he does not punish a dog for stealing. It is about some very minor things, but it is a serious modification of his character. In the book he is perfectly honest. See more »