Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Social Functions, Official and Private
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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...founded on the cheap originality of playing with lugubrious ideas, of "making the Camarde laugh," of serving bocks to visitors seated on coffins instead of benches, in mortuary chapels hung in black, but the baseness of their wit was sufficiently demonstrated by the very first line of their programmes, announcing the price of a glass of beer in the most execrable and disgusting of puns. Other proprietors have had other and better inspirations. The Auberge du Clou, on the Avenue Trudaine near the Rue des Martyrs, is in imitation of the Breton cabarets, --the windows with small panes, curtained half-way up with white and red calico and protected by thick bars; a screech-owl with extended wings nailed up over the door, and the sign, an immense nail painted between two square and ancient lanterns. In the rustic interior, all the woodwork, ceiling, stairway, counter, tables, and chairs, are in a light-yellow wood, varnished and very clean; in the great fireplace, whole logs are burned in the winter, the dishes are in various-colored porcelains, and the wine, white or red, is served in earthenware. This rusticity, however, disappears in the basement, the four walls of which are painted with the wildest imaginings of three painters of talent, Willette, Riviere, and Somm; on the first floor are nine panels by Willette, somewhat saner, more charming, and which console the visitor for the indifferent fare which is set before him. As for the innkeeper of romance, fat, bountiful, always smiling, he may be found, very nearly, at the Tartine Rochechouart, at the angle of that street and that of Dunkerque, but which is known to its patrons by the much more expressive phrase, An Bon Coin, --the comfortable corner. These patrons are largely artists of all...
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