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  • Sara Tucker

The Korongo Story

I put together this video to illustrate the concept of turning points—moments in a life story when an event causes a disturbance, and life changes course in unexpected ways. The story line in the video is a simplified version of Becoming Madame Texier. Although the title of the book references me, the narrator, the story begins with Patrick's great-grandfather, Rogers Davis, an American painter. Among the turning points:

Young man goes off to seek his fortune

Rogers Davis, the elder son of an American industrialist, decides not to go into the family business (car upholstery) and instead sails to France to study painting in Paris.

Boy meets girl

In Paris, Rogers meets Hélèna, a French seamstress and artists' model. She gives birth to their only child, Mireille.

Tragedy strikes: Young man dies!

Rogers dies of a cerebral hemorrhage just as his career is becoming firmly established. Mireille grows up barely having known her father.

Part II

Young man goes off to seek fortune

Mireille's child, Patrick, wants to be a painter like his American grandfather. Problem: Patrick's father, Maurice, wants his son to be an engineer. Instead, Patrick runs away to Africa.

Boy meets girl

In Tanzania, Patrick meets Sara, an American travel writer. Hometown: Randolph, Vermont. They fall in love, get married, and move to America.

Happy ending: Legacy fulfilled!

The couple find their way to Randolph, where Patrick opens an art gallery and becomes an American citizen. The boy who wanted to become a painter instead establishes a gathering place for artists and their friends, thus fulfilling the legacy of his grandfather, Rogers Davis.