Dugue senior belonged to a highly regarded family of cutlers from Preuilly, along with Cormier and Lucaire-Lieutard. His shop was on the first floor, on the landing for the bedroom. He had a secret technique for tempering the blades which was considered a bit magical and remarkable. He lived to a very great age, always using his pile of fire wood stored at the entrance to l'Ane-qui-butte with extreme economy, saying he was being careful to be prepared for his old age.
The tailor [next door] Mispoulié seems to have come to Preuilly to get married and thereby gain a place here. He was of distiguished appearance, being shaved at Brunet's twice a week. While waiting his turn he would say 'What we need is a king' which was not the best means of being accepted by his neighbours on the bench, who would all have a week's worth of stubble. He was nevertheless respected because he would regularly go up to Paris to serve his clients at Passy. The exercise was necessary because his prices were too high for the country folk.
He had a mare called Jaquette. Under the pretext of going to give her a tonic and to escape his wife and daughter he would meet some friends for a few apparently irrestible glasses of white wine before lunch and dinner.