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Paris, Capital of the 19th Century
The waters are blue and the plants pink;
the evening is sweet to look upon;
one goes for a stroll. The great ladies are
out for a stroll; behind them walk lesser ladies.
Nguyen-Trong-Hiep: Paris capital of France (1897)
I Fourier or the Arcades
De ces palais les colonnes magiques
A l’amateur montrent de toutes parts
Dans les objets qu’étalent leurs portiques
Que l’industrie est rivale des arts.
Nouveaux tableaux de Paris (1828)  ‘The magic columns of these palaces show to the connoisseur on every side, in the articles which their portals display, that industry rivals the arts.’
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