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Lessons in the back seat of a beautiful Citroen

Citroen (near Flaujac, Aveyron)

Citroen (near Flaujac, Aveyron)

In fact, my father once had exactly the same car.

His was silver in colour. The car had personality. The car had a look that was distinctive, masculine, inquiring and purposive. Solid too.

My brothers and I would sit on the red-leather back seat (it was a bench seat) and, as he drove his wonderful car, my father would tell us stories – and worry about things like the decline of good manners and the importance of integrity. He taught us to show an interest in, and a respect for, others. I think that he tried to make us into the kind of people who would be worthy of inheriting the Citroen.

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