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Of those that will be free:  

In the first part of the story, we are introduced to the Gypsies, their culture and way of life. We will also come to meet and learn about some of the main charachters who make up this group of Romany nomads. We also discover their histiry, cultures and we learn that they are somehow intertwined with the Eagles.

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2: Arrival & Encampment.

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'The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.'
- Thucydides Ancient Greek historian and author

Extract from: Chapter 2:  Arrival & Encampment. Six weeks before Canana falls from the nest, the annual olive rosa bonheur the world famous bordeaux born a L r9gB7rharvest is about to commence and the Gypsies are arriving in the valley. There is great excitement throughout the valley, as the appearance of the Gypsies signifies the olive season is about to get underway.

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3. The Harvest

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'The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.'
Bible, Matthew ix. 37

Extract from Chapter 3: The Harvest: 

olive trees of catalunyaWith the beginning of the New Year and the start of the harvest, the Gypsies split into separate work groups and accompany the farmers to their plantations. The work is long and hard under bad conditions but the Gypsies know that they have to endure it until the harvest is over. The money from the olive picking is essential to the continued survival of the whole group. The Gypsy convoy, along with the gread horse herd accompaning them, winds their way through the velley to their pre-selected campsite.

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4. Francisco Habir Lomez:

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'Learn to limit yourself, to content yourself with some definite thing, and some definite work; dare to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not and to believe in your own individuality.'

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

habbyExtract from Chapter 4. Francisco Habir Lomez:

 Called Habby by the clan, he is one of the tribal elders. Although relatively young in years, he is renowned for his quick intelligence and his sense of fair play. He is appointed group leader of the work force assigned to Manuel Herria, a rich and cruel employer. On their way to their place of work, Habby reminisces over his experiences and the affinity he now has for this part of Spain

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5. Pierre the Wise

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'Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don't look at it and wish you had painted something different.'
- Author Unknown -

oldman2Extract from Chaper 5: Pierre the Wise

Pierre is an honorary member of the clan, born to a rich merchant family he was a genius who taught in the richest courts in France. When sent to Aigues-Mortes in the Camargue, he falls in love with the count of Aigues-Mortes young wife. When the jealous count discovers this, he has Pierre kidnapped, tortured and blinded. Cast out into the street to die, he is found by some young Gypsies.

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6. Manolo the Healer

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'Doctors don't know everything really. They understand matter, not spirit. And you and I live in spirit.'
- William Saroyan -

gypsies fire1Extract from Chaper 6. Manolo the Healer

Barley alive and badly mutilated, Pierre has been discovered by the Gypsies who fetch Manola. Manola is a traditional natural healer, one who uses mostly herb and plant lore to perform her cures. As well as her herbal lore, like most natural healers, Manola also have an ancient healing method which are gifted to very few people. Despite the majority of the Gypsies misgivings about the chances of Pierre surviving, she uses her gift to save Pierre.

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7. Mañana

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''Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.'
- William Blake -

Extract from Chapter 7. Mañana

girlAt the time the young eaglet was falling from his nest, we come to meet Manaña, daughter of Habby and student of Pierre. Blessed with green eyes, a sign that she has been touched by the earth mother, Manana has also inherited the power of healing, but as yet is unaware of the full potential she posses.

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8. Discovery

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feathers'Through discovery, some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link, into the great chain of order.'
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

  Extract from chapter 8. Discovery.

Manana lies at the bottom of a ravine overwhelmed by a strange sense of fear finds herself face to face with a Great Eagle, one of the worlds most dangerous creatures.

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