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An Englishman in Paris (Volume 1): (Notes and Recollections)

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    Albert Dresden Vandam (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... PARIS IN THE FORTIES. 125 literature in France--Auguste Lireux--He takes the management of the Odeon--Balzac again--His schemes, his greed--Lireux more fortunate with other authors--Anglophobia on the French stage--Gallophobia on the English stage. Even in those days 'the Boulevards' meant to most of us nothing more than the space between the present opera and the Hue Drouot. But the Credit Lyonnais and other palatial buildings which have been erected since were not as much as dreamt of: if I remember rightly, the site of that bank was occupied by two or three 'Chinese Baths.' I suppose the process of steaming and cleansing the human body was something analogous to that practised in our Turkish baths, but I am unable to say from experience, having never been inside, and, curious to relate, most of my familiars were in a similar state of ignorance. We rarely crossed to that side of the boulevard except to go and dine at the Cafe Anglais. At the corner of the Bue Lafitte, opposite the Maison d'Or, was our favourite tobacconist's, and the cigars we used to get there were vastly superior to those we get at present in Paris at five times the cost. The assistant who served us was a splendid creature. Alfred de Musset became so enamoured of her that at one time his familiars apprehended an 'imprudence on his part.' Of course, they were afraid he would marry her. In those days most of our journeys in the interior of France had still to be made by the mails of LafitteCaillard, and the people these conveyances brought up from the provinces were almost as great objects of curiosity to us as we must have been to them. It was the third lustre of Louis-Philippe's reign. 'God,' according to the coinage, 'protected France,' and when the Almighty seemed somewhat tired of ...
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