• Herve Joncour buys and sells silkworms.
• Joncour is a little feminine and his father wanted him in the army.
• The year is 1861.
• Flaubert is writing Salammbo.
• Abraham Lincoln is fighting the Civil War.
• Joncour is 32-years-old.
• Silkworm eggs are bought when tiny and are either yellow or gray.
• A person can hold 1000 silkworm eggs in their hand.
• Silkworm eggs hatch at the beginning of May and the larva are set free to eat through the mulberry leaves to a cocoon.
• Two weeks later the eggs produce a fortune in silk -- 1000 meters of raw thread.
• Joncour lives in southern France in a village called Lauilledieu with his wife Helene and no children.
• In 1861, there are epidemics in the hatcheries and Joncour goes beyond the Mediterranean to Syria and Egypt to find eggs.
• In January, he travels 1600 miles by sea and 800 miles overland to negotiate and buy...
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