|"Our well-meaning friend could never have foreseen the ramifications of the Christmas package that included the 'Downton Abbey' DVDs."|
Given that it is the first major wooden house-like structure built in the village, Tom's studio project is attracting a lot of attention from his bewildered, skeptical, and well-meaning French neighbors.
Here is a guide to the body language seen on the worksite:
This posture means: "Mon Dieu, this will never work."
It doesn't matter that they don't agree. The thickness of my whatever is nowhere near either of theirs.
This is obvious.
This posture means: "Oh, good, here comes Jean-Pierre."
It never hurts to know which way is up.