A deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day, years ago.

A deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day, years ago. I stumbled on it again while looking for my photos of Notre Dame from the same trip, and I actually like this shot better than any of the ones I took of the cathedral. The lack of scaffolding probably helped!

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On the same roll, I found this shot of a deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day. I really like the way this one came out for some reason.

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Scanned the negatives of my tourist shots from #NotreDameCathedral back in 1999(!).

Scanned the negatives of my tourist shots from #NotreDameCathedral back in 1999(!). It was a gloomy day, but the sun did eventually come out. The front of the cathedral was being renovated at the time.

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A Revolting Development – Re-Reading Les Misérables Part 28

A Revolting Development – Re-Reading Les Misérables Part 28

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A cheerful spot

Now that Valjean has rescued little Cosette from the Thénardiers, the story moves to Paris! But not to the greatest neighborhood. Victor Hugo describes it in such loving details as:

An interesting and picturesque feature of buildings of this kind is the enormous size of the spiders that infest them.

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It is possible to conceive of something even more terrible than a hell of suffering, and that is a hell of boredom. If such a hell exists, that stretch of the Boulevard de l’Hôpital might have been the road leading to it.

It’s to this cheerful spot that Valjean brings Cosette. It’s still better than the Thénardiers’ inn, though.

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Les Mis was *always* a historical novel

It’s easy to forget that Les Miserables was already a historical novel when it was new. At one point early on, Victor Hugo makes the point that it’s difficult for modern readers to imagine a country outing from Paris “45 years ago” because so much has changed.  The modern equivalent would be a story written today that starts in 1965 and runs through 1982.

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When I got into the chapters of Les Miserables set in Paris…

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Part 35: Jumper

After Javert helps Valjean take Marius home, Javert allows him to walk inside for a moment, then…

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When I got into the chapters of Les Miserables set in Paris, I was really hoping I’d be able to use some photos from the one time I visited the city. Unfortunately, just about everything I took pictures of was too modern. I was able to use this shot of a bridge over the Seine, though, and I think when run through a vintage filter it looks appropriate enough to the 1800s setting.