The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 3

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 3

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The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 3

The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Vol. 3

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I left Paris, and France, too, on account of the Eiffel Tower.

It could not only be seen from everywhere, but it could be found everywhere, made of every kind of known material, exhibited in all windows, an ever-present and racking nightmare.

It was not only the thing itself, however, that created in me an irresistible desire to be alone for a while, but all that has been built up around it, within it, above it and in its neighborhood.

How can the newspapers have dared to speak of “new architecture” and refer to this metallic skeleton? Architecture, to-day the least understood and most forgotten of all the arts, is, perhaps, also the most esthetic, mysterious and richest in ideas of them all.

Throughout the ages, it has had the privilege of symbolizing, so to speak, each epoch; to represent, by means of a very small number of typical monuments, the manner of thinking, feeling and dreaming of a race and a civilization.

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