A Lodging for the Night: A Story of Francis Villon

A Lodging for the Night: A Story of Francis Villon

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A Lodging for the Night: A Story of Francis Villon

A Lodging for the Night: A Story of Francis Villon

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In that masterpiece of imaginative reconstruction, Balzac Les Contes Drolatiques,--wherein Doré has lavished his most wondrous art,--there is a sketch of old Paris streets by moonlight, sinister and strange. In the foreground of this fantasia in black-and-white a brace of elfin revelers flit out of the darkness into a dim-lit square: behind them overshadowed by the ghostly outlines of Notre Dame, lie in wait the baleful houses and winding cul-de-sacs,--oubliettes of that old night and city wherein lived and held his perilous way, and was at last engulphed, François Villon.

It was, one may feel assured, on some such bitter November night, A. D. 1456, beneath the porch of the ruinous villa that he came upon the dead fille de joie and possessed himself of her poor wage . . .

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