There’s an old saying that girls here use a lot nowadays. Sa ki pa touye ou, li angrese ou—that which doesn’t kill you makes you fat. My mother used to scold papa for drinking too beer with those words but the girls mean something else. I should know.
Bonjou, m rélé Madeleine, I am fourteen years old, three months pregnant and live with my little brother Pierre. Since our parents died I am all he has. He is all I have. Soon I will be too big and ugly to make any money. After that there will be another little mouth to feed for a while. Such is life I suppose. You get by as best you can. I make about fifty goud a day and we usually have enough to eat.