Paris nouveau et Paris futur

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Author: Victor Fournel
Language: French
Wordcount: 69,378 / 237 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 548
Added to site: 2007.08.09
mnybks.net#: 17876
Genre: Essays
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aris, la ville de marbre, à Lutèce, la ville de boue; mais il y avait bien des perles dans cette boue, tandis que ce marbre n'est parfois que du bois peint et du carton-pierre. Du reste, qu'on veuille bien le croire, je sais mesurer mes regrets, et me voici tout prêt à avouer qu'il en est probablement de ce Paris du moyen âge,--tant pleuré par les artistes, tant chanté sur la lyre et le mirliton par les faiseurs de poëmes et de romances,--comme de Cologne, de Constantinople et de beaucoup d'autres villes, qui sont belles surtout à distance, vues de loin ou de haut, et à la condition qu'on n'y entre point. Mais à chaque pas, au fond de ses ruelles sombres et sales, autour de ses places étroites et encaissées, à l'angle d'un carrefour ou d'un cul-de-sac immonde, étincelait tout à coup un bijou architectural qui, de sa vive lumière, éclairait joyeusement ces ténèbres. On pouvait

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