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Jean is a 40 year old civil servant in 1880's Paris. He is friendless, familyless and single. He rails against the misery of his life. He survives the drudgery of his job by going for walks in the evening and eating out at a bad local eatery. But when he tires of this he sets out further afield and explores other restaurants but they are equally squalid and the food dismal. He is however almost content in his lonely existence and is happy not to be...


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