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Parc Sir George-Etienne Cartier, 29 of August, 1945 – © Collection Archives nationales du Québec, fonds Conrad Poirier
Party at the Létourneaus’ House
Sir Georges Etienne Cartier Place
The Tin Flute (Bonheur d’occasion), Gabrielle Roy
“The Létourneau apartment, on the first floor of a tall brick building, was all lit up. From every window lights shone across the snow in the quiet square. Florentine stopped at the foot of the steps and listened with beating heart to the festive sounds, muffled by wet snow.
There were people dancing up there, for shadows passed back and forth. In the light streaming from the windows the snow could be seen dancing too, each separate flake gyrating like a moth around a lamppost. The graceful white forms flung themselves against the panes and died there, glued to the brightness within.”
-Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute (Bonheur d’occasion), 1974 (Translation: Hannah Josephson)