Plus du peur que de mal

Another student has gone missing in Bordeaux. That sets the context for our little drama.

Pat : Alan, Catrin's school says she isn't there.

Alan : What, but she left hours ago. I'll phone them.... ring ring ... hallo, yes, our daughter left for school hours ago. I have sent her a text message but she hasn't replied. Of course, in class her phone is off, but if she isn't there. So what do you suggest ?

10 minutes later they phoned back. "Oops, she accompanied another pupil to the nurse and the teacher forgot and alerted her absence."

Alan : Phew ! OK. Plus de peur que de mal. (more fear than hurt ... for when kids fall down or whatever)


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