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  • This crevice, the hiatus of a gulf of mire, was called a fontis, in the special tongue.

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  • Inter illos primitivos/Veros veri fontis rivos/Iohannes exsiliit

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  • However, although he had not left his life in the fontis, he seemed to have left his strength behind him there.

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  • Jean Valjean found himself in the presence of a fontis.

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  • In the Luniere fontis, it would have taken a man a day to disappear, while he would have been devoured in five minutes by the

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  • The fontis which Jean Valjean had encountered was caused by the downpour of the preceding day.

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  • The fontis were due to different causes: the friability of the soil; some landslip at a depth beyond the reach of man; the violent summer rains; the incessant flooding of winter; long, drizzling showers.

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  • Ancient registers make mention of several scavengers who were buried in fontis in this manner.

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  • Sometimes a fontis was three or four feet deep, sometimes eight or ten; sometimes the bottom was unfathomable.

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  • The depth of the fontis varied, as well as their length and their density, according to the more or less bad quality of the sub-soil.

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