Manoir, who calls himself Jean-Pierre, is clearly a time traveller. He travels back into the past to the day his mother was killed by a bomb. Probably some time during World War 2, although this is never stated as such. He searches for a boy, Jean-Jacques Manoir, on his arrival at school, and then takes the boy home.
I found this story to be really sad. It’s difficult to say much without giving any spoilers away. The tale is beautiful – captivating, even – which is doing pretty well for a story that’s been translated into English from the original French. I had to keep reading until it was done. There are some clues as to what’s really going on, but nothing is explicitly stated – which I quite liked.
Overall, a good entry into the Almanac, even if a sad one.