Luck chain letter (published). French, from a "boy who
is cancerous." Copy quota nine. France, 1999.
English translation by Jean-Bruno Renard.
This letter has been sent to me and now I send it to you. Send
it to 9 persons you like very much.
This letter is coming from a little boy who is cancerous. The
one who will break that chain will have neither love nor luck.
This little boy accomplishes miracles, a wonderful thing will happen
to you within 4 days.
Send the letter without a stamp and write "RF" on the other side of
the envelope and you will see what will happen to you within 4 days.
You write this letter 8 times, this one is the seventh.
From Letters to Ambrose Merton, Spring,
2001. "Chain Letter from France" by Jean-Bruno Renard. Original French
text and image of mailing envelope appear there. Postmarked Sept.
5, 1999 in Herault. Stamped "CHAINE INADMIS". "RF" written on back
flap of envelope. Received by the author's 19 year old daughter. Photocopy
of publication supplied by Sandy Hobbs.
The Paper Chain Letter Archive
- contents Chain Letter Evolution.
Renard suggests the letter is circulating
among young people since the familiar (tu, toi) are used and
there are many mistakes in spelling and punctuation. He interprets the text
as instructing that the received copy be the seventh one distributed. The
postal stamp "CHAINE INADMIS" is used when a chain letter is suspected but
the determination is not certain. When certain, the letter is not delivered.