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Young "Carrot-Top," given this nickname by a mother who detests him, does not suffer every indignity without rebelling.

To him, a family is just a bunch of people who are stuck with each other. Why should he care if his big brother Félix is stealing their parents' money to maintain a singer in a honky-tonk? The tenderness of little Mathilde and the affection the boy receives from the maid Annette can never make up for his mother's loathing and his father's indifference. Nevertheless, when Papa learns that Poil-de-Carotte is contemplating suicide, he intervenes. Finally taking his son by the hand, he forges a bond which consoles a boy who thought he was the shame of the family.