THE WORLD OF COMTE
'"Yes," resumed my brother; "but in '93, one had no longer any relatives, one had only one's arms. I worked. They have, in the country of Pontarlier, whither you are going, Monsieur Valjean, a truly patriarchal and truly charming industry, my sister. It is their cheese-dairies, which they fruitieres." Then my brother, while urging the man to eat explained to him, with great minuteness, what these fruitieres of Pontarlier were; that they were divided into two classes: the big barns which belong to the rich, and where there are forty or fifty cow which produce from seven to eight thousand cheeses each summer, and the associated fruitieres, which belong to the poor; these are they peasants of mid-mountain, who hold their cows in common, and share the proceeds. "They engage the services of a cheese-maker, whom they call the grurin; the grurin receives the milk of the associates three times a day, and marks the quantity on a double tally. It is towards the ned of April that they work of the cheese-daires begins; it is towards the middle of June that the cheese-makers drive their cows to the mountains."'
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo