“Perhaps the British come to buy grain,” Papa said aloud.

That helped Michel remember the song! He wanted Papa to fiddle along, but Papa was worried about ships.

Michel tiptoed inside. Taking the violin off the wall, he thought "Papa 's outside. He won’t hear.” Bowing the violin, Michel sang:

Trois gros navirs sont arrivés, repeat
(Three sailing ships have arrived! repeat )

Charges-les d’avoin’, charges-les de blé.
(Fill them with oats, fill them with wheat),”

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