The Paris sketch book
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: William Makepeace Thackeray
Excerpt from book: THE FETES OF JULY. IN A LETTEB TO THE EDITOR OF THE " BUNGAY BEACON." Paris, July SQth, 1839. We have arrived here just in time for the fetes of July. You have read, no doubt, of that glorious revolution which took place here nine years ago, and which is now commemorated annually, in a pretty facetious manner, by gun-firing, student-processions, pole-climbing-for-silver- spoons, gold-watches, and legs-of-mutton, monarchical orations, and what not, and sanctioned, moreover, by Chamber-of-Deputies with a grant of a couple of hundred thousand francs to defray the expenses of all the crackers, gun-firings, and legs-of-mutton aforesaid. There is a new fountain in the Place Louis Quinze, otherwise called the Place Louis Seize, or else the Place de la Revolution, or else the Place de la Concorde (who can say why ?)which I am told, is to run bad wine during certain hours tomorrow, and there ivould have been a review of the National Guards and the Lineonly, since the Fieschi business, reviews are no joke, and so this latter part of the festivity has been discontinued. Do you not laugh0 Pharos of Bungayat the continuance of a humbug such as this ?at the humbugging anniversary of a humbug ? The King of the Barricades is, next to the Emperor Nicholas, the most absolute Sovereign in Europe: yet there is not in the whole of this fair kingdom of France, a single man who cares sixpence about him, or his dynasty: except, mayhap, a few hangers-on at the Chateau, who eat his dinners, and put their hands in' his purse. The feeling of loyalty is as dead as old Charles the Tenth: the Chambers have been laughed at, the country has been 1 aughed at, all the successive ministries have been laughed at (and you know who is the wag that has amused himself with them all): and, behold, here c...