Souvenir of Paris (Classic Reprint)

Souvenir of Paris (Classic Reprint)

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Of extravagance, the lowest note of happy economy; it shelters every form of faith and the negation Of faith, every virtue and every vice. Every art finds stimulus within its boundaries and so great is the power of Paris, that it can draw tribute from all the civilised world. The wealthy' people Of every country, Germany not excepted, must go to Paris, to bow to the decrees Of its fashions, to subscribe to its varied extravagances, to be in the movement as long as health or money lasts. As soon as one visitor leaves, his place is taken by another; as soon as one fortune is spent, another source of wealth is waiting to be tapped. The life de luxe is dear enough in London, but in Paris is dearer still. Only in Paris has the writer visited restaurants where the menu is set out with no price attached, the bill being merely an expression of the management's view Of the patron's standing and his right to partake Of what the house has to Offer. This is but a single aspect of Parisian magnificence; you see others in the Bois, you see others at the Race Meetings to which tout Paris adjourns, you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse Of others in the wonderful private palaces that house the city's wealthiest. There is little ostentation only the half world descends to what children call showing Off, and the gaiety Of Paris is a thing with which money has but small concern. The city has set herself deliberately to enjoy life, and whether you have ten halfpence or ten shillings or ten pounds to Spend on an evening's amusement or a day's idleness, there is ample value for the money, the satis.

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