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In 18— I decided to become a shepherd. I was prepared to traverse hills and fields in pursuit of this trade. I wanted to know the lives of the people, to experience from within the pleasures and fears suffusing their lives. Being a mountaineer, I had a few sheep already. I had received other sheep in exchange for some plots of land. So I picked up a stick and my gun and became a shepherd.
Everyone regarded my decision as a joke. They said that the son of a respected nobleman had no business being a shepherd. But I had my reasons for the path I had chosen. My desire to become a shepherd was so powerful that I was deaf to all advice. I wanted to see these people. I wanted to experience their yearnings. I wanted to live their lives and to bear witness to the trials and tribulations that punctuate the lives of shepherds and that they kept hidden in their souls.
I achieved my goal. I came to know intimately those shepherds whom I was ready to give my life to live with. How I learned of their lives is the subject of the following pages.
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