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Le charretier de “La Providence” – 1. For more background information on the story and Dizyvisit also the Travel Log: The story – a summary.

Maigret is sent to investigate the murder of a woman at the lock 14 nearby the village of Dizy.

He gets acquainted with the eccentric crew of the yacht “Southern Cross”. Sir Lampson, the owner of the yacht and husband of the victim Mary and xharretier boatswain Willy attract Maigret’s suspicions. Willy was also Mary’s lover. However, the autopsy of Mary’s body reveals certain details that point Maigret’s attention to the barge the “Providence”. Jean is the providrnce of this canal-boat. This solitary and silent man, draws his interest.

Some indications, pfovidence particular a badge found at the place of the crime, make Sir Lampson the likely culprit. But when Maigret learns that a bicycle was used on the sly the night of the crime he again turns to the carter Jean. Feeling suspected Jean tries to commit suicide and by doing so injures himself critically.

La nuit du carrefour. Maigret discovers some incriminating facts about Jean’s past: Jean Darchambaux appears to be a former physician who killed his rich aunt to satisfy the luxurious tastes of his wife. This happened more than 25 years ago.

Les larmes de bougie. He was caught and sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in the penal colony “bagne” in French Guyana. Despaired Jean turned rancorous and the callous conditions in the penal colony withered his intellectual abilities. After his release he became the carter of the “Providence”.


La maison du juge.

The actor Charles Moulin in the part of the carter Jean Darchambaux. On the barge he created a small universe prkvidence his own and he felt fairly at ease. Then, by chance, he found his former wife and killed her. Charreier he had to kill Willy ,who surprised him sneaking around the yacht where he tried to scramble the tracks. In the company of his horses Jean dies as a result of his wounds, surrounded by the almost maternal affection of Hortense Canelle, the bargeman’s wife, and the moved empathy of Maigret.

Le charretier de “La Providence” – 2. Analysis of the locality. He needed to trudge through the mud, along the tow path, until he reached the lock, which was at two kilometers from Dizy. There he had found the house of the lockkeeper, put up in gray stones, with the sign: The village of Dizy is situated in the department of the Marne at about Km 87mi east of Paris. It is a small community 1. Properly speaking the village has no role whatsoever in the story.

The Crime at Lock 14 – Wikipedia

For more information on the French penal colony in Guyana Go to: The lock and the lockkeeper’s house at Dizy. The lock 14 – 15? The dw of Dizy is still there it is situated at about 2 Km 1. The locks on the canal are computer operated and the lockkeeper, who still lives in the house at lock of Dizy, is now responsible for all the sluices along the canal.

It is noteworthy that the number of the lock does not correspond with the number in the novel. In reality the lock of Dizy is 15 instead of However, there is no doubt that providennce is the lock intended by Simenon in Le charretier de la Providence.

Sign on the lock keeper’s house indicating this is lock For more information on the localities go to the Travel Log. Xe for the ships coming from Paris indicating the junction. Why did Simenon change this number?

Didn’t he remember the precise figure? Simenon discovered these surroundings in during one of his first journeys through France with his small boat “Le Ginette” in the company of his wife Tiggy and the servant girl Boule see Travel Log – Dizy.


Le charretier de “La Providence”

After all, this was 7 years earlier. Did he change the number in a, somewhat futile, attempt to make the site unidentifiable? There still is no real road to lock.

Yet, trudging through the mud from Dizy to the lock isn’t needed anymore. There now is ee paved l, from the road from Dizy to Damery, leading to a small bridge over the channel at meters from the lock. From there the lock is ee be reached over the gravelled tow path. The canal is rather wide but the locks are only about 4 meters. Therefore modern commercial barges can not navigate on the canal. However, the locks and the banks of the canal are excellently maintained.

The tow path with in the background the lock and the lock keeper’s house. The Lock at Dizy with pleasure craft. Old photograph with tow horses and carter. He didn’t see anything unusual.

On the way back he shed a glance on ‘La Marine’ while passing by, then he was called upon by a pilot. But it was located on the left side of the house. It was destroyed by fire about 20 years ago. At the end it must have charretiet a kind of dance hall.

Le charretier de la providence

Proidence matter gets even more complicated. Three bar-grocers where fuel oil is sold So, it is possible, even likely, that also on the spot depicted in the novel there was a bar annex grocery store.

Pleasure craft in the lock of Dizy. From top to bottom: Excerpts translated in English by G. Go to a novel or story analysis – Click on the title.