Five Hundred Pounds Reward (volume 1); A Novel

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byWilliam Knox Wigram

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER-XII. It was long past midnight, when Paul found himself at last upon the Boulevard des Capuchins. This was of little consequence. Nobody ever goes to bed in Paris--nobody, at least, whose presence could be of the slightest interest to a newly arrived traveller. Paul might have had a ' diner a la carte ' at ten minutes notice. But he had dined at Amiens, during that convulsive ' vingt minutes d'arrfit,' which at once gives individuality to the town, and provides the single reminiscence of it which most Englishmen carry away. So he only went to bed. By whatsoever token it may please posterity to distinguish this present era, nothing is more certain than that it will be hereafter referred to as the age of hotels. In those palatial edifices which are so fast rising in every direction--which form part of every railway terminus, and overshadow the roofs of every watering-place, and appropriate the best places in our streets and squares, I see something more than the result of a mere joint-stock mania. I see not only a step, but a stride, in the march of comfort and civilization; and heartily wish I could secure to every shareholder a regular dividend of fifteen per cent., with a handsome bonus at frequent intervals. I should like also to be a considerable shareholder myself upon these terms. And, as a fair sample of a comparatively new state of things, I recommend the Grand Hotel, Paris. A man must indeed be strangely impassive who could walk into that noble Cour d'honneur for the first time, without an agreeable sensation. It is something to feel that one is going to be so royally lodged and cared for. But the real wonder of the place lies in those interminable furlongs of soft-carpeted corridors--Boulevards, as they are aptly called--rising five stori...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER-XII. It was long past midnight, when Paul found himself at last upon the Boulevard des Capuchins. This was of little c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217834159

ISBN - 13:9780217834155

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