Major Thompson is a rather stuffy Englishman who, because he is married to a French woman, makes his home in France. If you would like a mental picture of Major Thompson, just picture Nigel Bruce’s Dr. Watson in the many Sherlock Holmes films. A bit pompous, a bit of a stuffed shirt, well meaning, and above all, “veddy, veddy” proper as only an Englishman can be. That’s our Major Thompson.
But wait a minute, there’s something wrong with this picture. Oh, I know what it is; this book, written in the first person (i.e. in the voice of Major Thompson) is really written by a Frenchman! So what we really have is a Frenchman, disguised as an Englishman, commenting on the foibles of the French and along the way, making “inadvertant” fun of the English.
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