A beautiful story about Christmas during the Chouan uprising in the middle of the French Revolution. Thanks to Nobility.org for the information!
“What is this?” asked the sergeant. “Why are the bells ringing?… Is this a signal?… The bandits must be sounding the alarm!”
Then they all started shouting together, some at the prisoner, some at each other. Many reached for their weapons.
The peasant raised his head, and gazing at them serenely he said: “It’s Christmas.”
“It’s what?” replied the sergeant.
“Christmas. They are ringing the bells for Midnight Mass.”
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