The two men sit down to a Christmas dinner of onion soup

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Unformatted text preview: The two men sit down to a Christmas dinner of onion soup, bean salad with pork, roast chicken, and dried-plum compote. Latour tells Vaillant of the thousand years of tradition that is represented by his soup. Vaillant laments that there is no salad. He remembers the grape vineyards and gardens he tended in Ohio. Latour and Vaillant sit down to a Christmas dinner. Father Joseph Vaillant is introduced as a physically unattractive man. Cather states that "the Lord had made few uglier men." He is short and thin, and is bow-legged from horseback riding. His hair is the color of dried hay, but he was formerly tow-colored, which is why his Seminary nickname was "Blanchet" ("Whitey"). Despite his appearance, Father Joseph is resourceful and energetic. He has paved the way for Latour's ministry in Santa Fe because the population there was won over by Joseph through his...
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